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Robert Abercrombie Lovett
Birth: Sep. 14, 1895
Walker County
Texas, USA
Death: May 7, 1986
Locust Valley
Nassau County
New York, USA

US Defense Secretary. He graduated from Yale University in 1918 and served during World War I, flying patrols and combat missions with the British Navy and commanding a US Navy air squadron. He then studied at Harvard University, afterwards beginning a banking career that saw him become a Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman. In December 1940 Lovett was named Secretary of War Stimson's Special Assistant, and in 1941 he was named Assistant Secretary of War, earning the Distinguished Service Medal for overseeing the World War II expansion of the Army Air Force. Lovett returned to Brown Brothers Harriman in 1945, but a year later was named Under Secretary of State during Secretary of State George Marshall's tenure. In 1949 Lovett resumed his banking career, and in 1950 he agreed to serve as Deputy Defense Secretary during Marshall's term as Secretary. In 1951 Lovett succeeded Marshall as Secretary of Defense, and his term was marked by efforts to obtain budget increases he saw as necessary for a defense buildup necessitated by the Korean War and the Cold War effort to contain the Soviet Union. Lovett returned to Brown Brothers Harriman in 1953, remaining active until his early 1960s retirement. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 and a Yale professorship, the Lovett Chair of Military and Naval History is named for him. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
Family links: 
  Robert Scott Lovett (1860 - 1932)
  Lavinia Chilton Abercrombie Lovett (1863 - 1928)
Locust Valley Cemetery
Locust Valley
Nassau County
New York, USA
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Record added: Nov 19, 2008
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Robert Abercrombie Lovett
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 Added: Sep. 14, 2014
In your retirement from Washington and Wall Street, I enjoyed correspondence with you. Such exquisite stationery! You said news of your mother's death reached you by ship's radio on the Homeric, when you were bound for Europe. My Grandfather Chilton of M...(Read more)
- Ed Chilton
 Added: Feb. 17, 2013
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