Christian Archibald Herter

Christian Archibald Herter

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Herter, Christian Archibald, 1895-1966, U.S. Secretary of State (1959-61), b. Paris. After holding minor positions in the Dept. of State (1916-19) and the Dept. of Commerce (1921-24), he became editor of a Boston newspaper and later served (1931-43) in the Massachusetts state assembly, acting (1939-43) as its speaker. As a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1943-52), Herter gained a reputation as an internationalist and helped win passage of the Marshall Plan. He served as governor of Massachusetts (1953-57) and Undersecretary of State (1957-59) and in 1959 succeeded John Foster Dulles as Secretary of State. He wrote Toward an Atlantic Community (1963).

See biography by G. B. Noble (1970).

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