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 William Averell Harriman

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William Averell Harriman Famous memorial

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
26 Jul 1986 (aged 94)
Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial
Harriman, Orange County, New York, USA
Memorial ID
5971569 View Source

Businessman, US Diplomat. He was the heir to his father's Union Pacific Railroad fortune. President Franklin Roosevelt sent him to Moscow in 1941 first as a minister and later as an ambassador. He briefly served as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1946 and was appointed Secretary of Commerce by President Truman later serving as national security advisor during the Korean War. He was elected governor of New York in 1954 but lost re-election in 1958. After two unsuccessful tries for the Democratic nomination for president in 1952 and 1956, he served in various posts in the State Department under President Kennedy. He was later appointed ambassador-at-large for Southeast Asia in 1965 by President Johnson. In 1968 he wrapped up his political career serving as chief US negotiator during preliminary peace talks with North Vietnam.

Businessman, US Diplomat. He was the heir to his father's Union Pacific Railroad fortune. President Franklin Roosevelt sent him to Moscow in 1941 first as a minister and later as an ambassador. He briefly served as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1946 and was appointed Secretary of Commerce by President Truman later serving as national security advisor during the Korean War. He was elected governor of New York in 1954 but lost re-election in 1958. After two unsuccessful tries for the Democratic nomination for president in 1952 and 1956, he served in various posts in the State Department under President Kennedy. He was later appointed ambassador-at-large for Southeast Asia in 1965 by President Johnson. In 1968 he wrapped up his political career serving as chief US negotiator during preliminary peace talks with North Vietnam.

Bio by: Ron Moody


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 19 Nov 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 5971569
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5971569/william-averell-harriman: accessed ), memorial page for William Averell Harriman (15 Nov 1891–26 Jul 1986), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5971569, citing Harriman Family Cemetery at Arden Estate, Harriman, Orange County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.