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Dean Acheson Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

DEAN ACHESON
Born: April 11, 1893 in Middletown, Connecticut
Died: October 12, 1971 in Sandy Spring, Maryland
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Dean Acheson (1893-1971) was appointed Assistant Secretary of State by President Roosevelt in 1933, but resigned that same year due to differences with FDR's foreign economic policy. Brought back in 1941 as Under Secretary, he served through World War II and helped forge the postwar Bretton Woods system for the world economy. As Secretary of State (1949-1953) in the Truman administration, he was a key architect of the containment policy, devised to curb the expansion of the Soviet Union and of communism without resort to war. As one of the "Wise Men," informal senior advisors, he advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon (a former foe). During the Cuban missile crisis (October 1961), he was sent to Europe to brief French President De Gaulle and German Chancellor Adenauer. Acheson received a Pulitzer Prize in History (1970) for his memoir Present at the Creation.
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