McGeorge Bundy was born on March 30, 1919, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He was a son of Harvey Hollister Bundy, an attorney and government official, and Katharine Lawrence Putnam, a niece of Harvard’s president Abbott Lawrence Lowell. In addition to the Lowells family, she was also related to such noble Boston Brahmin families as the Cabots and the Lawrences. McGeorge Bundy’s father, Harvey Hollister Bundy, came from the Middle West of the United States.
Bundy had two brothers, named Harvey Hollister and William Putnam, and two younger sisters, Harriet Lowell and Katharine Lawrence.
McGeorge Bundy was raised in the atmosphere of public service because many of his relatives were somehow related to the state service. So, his father served at the beginning of his career as a clerk for Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Then, he was an assistant secretary both of state and war under Henry L. Stimson. McGeorge Bundy’s brother, William Putnam, fulfilled the duties of a foreign affairs advisor to presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.