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Dean Acheson
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51st United States Secretary of State
In office
January 21, 1949 – January 20, 1953
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by George C. Marshall
Succeeded by John Foster Dulles
Personal details
Dean Gooderham Acheson

(1893-04-11)April 11, 1893
Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.
Died October 12, 1971(1971-10-12) (aged 78)
Sandy Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alice Caroline Stanley
(1917 - 1971, his death)
Children David Campion Acheson
Jane Acheson Brown
Mary Eleanor Acheson Bundy
Alma mater Yale College
Harvard Law School
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Branch/service United States National Guard
Battles/wars World War I

Dean Gooderham Acheson (pronounced /ˈæsən/; April 11, 1893 – October 12, 1971) was an American statesman and lawyer. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life

Acheson was born in Middletown, Connecticut. He studied at Yale College and at Harvard Law School. He married Alice Stanley in 1917.

Secretary of State

Acheson served as the 51st United States Secretary of State under President Harry S. Truman. He served as Secretary of State from January 1949 to January 1953. He helped defend America's foreign policy during the break of the Cold War.

Personal life

Acheson and his wife Alice had three children; David, Jane, and Mary. He remained married to Alice until his death in 1971. He retired shortly after 1955.


Acheson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He also won a Pulitzer Prize for History in 1970.


Acheson died in Sandy Spring, Maryland from a massive stroke. He was 78 years old. He was survived by his two surviving children, David and Mary. He was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C..

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