W. Averell Harriman

William Averell Harriman (1891 - 1986)

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William Averell (W. Averell) Harriman
Born in New York City, New York, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1915 (to 1929) [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1930 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1971 (to 26 Jul 1986) [location unknown]
Died in Yorktown Heights, New York, USAmap
Profile last modified 28 Aug 2019 | Created 14 Jan 2015
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Preceded by
10th Secretary
Henry A. Wallace

Preceded by
47th Governor

Thomas E. Dewey
W. Averell Harriman
11th US Secretary
of Commerce
Dept of Commerce

48th Governor
of New York
Seal of the State of New York
Succeeded by
12th Secretary
Charles W. Sawyer

Succeeded by
49th Governor

Nelson Rockefeller


William was born in 1891. William Harriman ... He passed away in 1986. [1]

Businessman, US Diplomat. He was the heir to his father's Union Pacific Railroad fortune. President Franklin Roosevelt sent him to Moscow in 1941 first as a minister and later as an ambassador. He briefly served as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1946 and was appointed Secretary of Commerce by President Truman later serving as national security advisor during the Korean War. He was elected governor of New York in 1954 but lost re-election in 1958. After two unsuccessful tries for the Democratic nomination for president in 1952 and 1956, he served in various posts in the State Department under President Kennedy. He was later appointed ambassador-at-large for Southeast Asia in 1965 by President Johnson. In 1968 he wrapped up his political career serving as chief US negotiator during preliminary peace talks with North Vietnam. (bio by: Ron Moody)


  1. First-hand information as remembered by Philip Michael Dunn, Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Replace this citation if there is another source.

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