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Allen Dulles
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Director of Central Intelligence
In office
February 26, 1953 – November 29, 1961
President Dwight Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Deputy Charles P. Cabell
Preceded by Walter B. Smith
Succeeded by John McCone
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
In office
August 23, 1951 – February 26, 1953
President Harry S. Truman
Dwight Eisenhower
Preceded by William H. Jackson
Succeeded by Charles P. Cabell
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Plans
In office
January 4, 1951 – August 23, 1951
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Frank Wisner
Personal details
Allen Welsh Dulles

(1893-04-07)April 7, 1893
Watertown, New York, U.S.
Died January 29, 1969(1969-01-29) (aged 75)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting place Green Mount Cemetery
Political party Republican
Clover Todd
(m. 1920; his death 1969)
Children 3
Education Princeton University (BA)
George Washington University (LLB)

Allen Welsh Dulles (April 7, 1893 – January 29, 1969) was an American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence (DCI). He was its longest-serving director so far.

Dulles was head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the early Cold War. He oversaw the 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état, Operation Ajax, the Lockheed U-2 aircraft program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission.

Between his stints of government service, Dulles was a corporate lawyer. His older brother, John Foster Dulles, was the Secretary of State during the Eisenhower Administration.

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