Whitney Hart Shepardson Edit Profile
Bachelor of Arts, Colgate University, 1910. Rhodes Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford, Bachelor of Arts, first class, Modern History, 1913. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard, 1917.
He headed the Secret Intelligence Branch of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. He would practice law only briefly, serving as an attorney for the United States Shipping Board between May 1917 and July 1918. He was secretary also to a group of Americans seeking to organize the international relations institute which would become the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1920, he wrote for the Round Table, a British journal edited by former Beit Lecturer in Colonial History, Lionel Curtis.
Following the war, he worked in Vienna as European manager for American shipping agency P.N. Gray and Co.
Between 1925 and 1927 he served as a director on John D. Rockefeller's General Education Board, specialising in the development of agricultural and biological research. He was a director of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Shepardson was president of Bates International Bag Company from 1928 to 1930.
He was vice-president of International Railways of Central America, a transport arm of the United Fruit Company, from 1931 until 1942. After the outbreak of war in Europe he was appointed to lead the political group of the CFR's War and Peace Studies project. Following the involvement of the United States in war, he served with the Office of Strategic Services in Washington and London.
In London, he was special assistant to the U.S. ambassador, and became first London head of Secret Intelligence. He became head of the agency's Secret Intelligence Branch in 1943, staying with the organization which would ultimately become part of the Central Intelligence Agency until 1946. Post-war, he became director of the Carnegie Corporation's British Dominions and Colonies Fund.
From 1953 to 1956 Shepardson served as president of the National Committee for a Free Europe.
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Served with Field Artillery Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky, 1918. Member Phi Beta Kappa (former treasurer United Socs.), Delta Kappa Epsilon. Clubs: Century (New York City).
Married Eleanor Macpherson Cargin, August 9, 1921.