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Robert A. Lovett Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: September 14, 1895 in Huntsville, Texas
Died: May 7, 1986 in Locust Valley, New York
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Robert Lovett (1895-1986), was a President of the Union Pacific Railroad and an investment banker, but kept being recalled to government service. A naval aviator in World War I, he was Assistant Secretary of Defense for air during World War II, presiding efficiently over the massive buildup of US air power. After serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense under George Marshall, he became Secretary of Defense in the final two years of the Truman administration, engaged in Korean War planning while advocating a continuing buildup of US military forces. He declined a Cabinet post in the Kennedy administration, but suggested to JFK the name of Dean Rusk as Secretary of State. Lovett was one of the small group of "Wise Men" who advised Presidents of both parties during the Cold War.

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