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political economist and diplomatist

Lincoln Gordon, American Political economist. Decorated Grand Cross Order Quetzal Guatemala; Grand Cross Order Cruzeiro do Sul Brazil).


GORDON, Lincoln was born on September 10, 1913 in New York, United States. Son of Bernard and Dorothy (nee Lemed) Gordon.


AB, Harvard, 1933; Doctor of Philosophy (Rhodes scholar), Oxford University, England, 1936. Doctor of Laws, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1965. Doctor of Laws, Columbia, 1967.

Doctor of Laws, Rutgers University, 1967. Doctor of Laws, University Maryland, 1968. Doctor of Laws, Washington College, 1968.

Doctor of Laws, University Delaware, 1969. Doctor of Humane Letters, Loyola College, Baltimore, 1968.


Instructor, faculty instructor government Harvard University, 1936-1941, William Ziegler professor international economic relations, 1955-1961. Research technician water, energy resources United States National Resources Planning Board, Washington, 1939-1940. Member staff requirements committee West Palm Beach, 1942-1945, program vice chairman, 1945.

Director bureau reconversion priorities Civilian Production Administration, 1945-1946. Associate professor business Harvard University, 1946-1947, professor government and administration, 1947-1950. Consultant United States Republican United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, 1946, Army and Navy Munitions Board, Department of State, 1947, ECA, 1948.

North Atlantic Council Committee of Three on non-military aspects of North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1956. Director program division Office ECA, special representative in Europe United States Department State, 1949-1950. Economic adviser to special assistant to President The White Houae, 1950-1951.

Assistant director Office of Mutual Security, 1951-1952. Chief Marshall Aid mission and minister economic affairs in American Embassy in London, 1952-1955. United States ambassador to Brazil United States Department State, 1961-1966, assistant secretary state for inter-American affairs, 1966-1967.

President Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1967-1971. Visiting professor political economy School Advanced International Studies, Washington, 1971-1972. Fellow Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1972-1975.

Senior fellow Resources for Future, Washington, 1975-1980. Member senior review panel Central Intelligence Agency, 1980-1982, national intelligence officer-at-large, 1982-1983.



Board of directors Atlantic Council United States. Honorary trustee Committee for Economics Development. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Member American Political Science Association, American Economics Association, Council on Foreign Rels., International Institute Strategic Studies, Royal Economics Society, Overseas Development Council, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Music (’cellist), woodworking.


Married Allison Wright, June 25, 1937 (deceased). Children: Anne, Robert W., Hugh, Amy Gordon Lawson.

Bernard Gordon

Dorothy (Lerned) Gordon

Allison Wright

Anne Gordon

Robert W. Gordon

Hugh Gordon

Amy Gordon Lawson Gordon