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The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They MadeCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1945
Crimean conference Left to right: Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, Maj. Gen. L. S. Kuter, Admiral E. J. King, General George C. Marshall, Ambassador Averill Harriman, Admiral William Leahy, and President F. D. Roosevelt. Livadia Palace, Crimea, Russia / / Signal Corps photo.
The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made is a 1986 book by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas about a group of U.S. government officials and members of the East Coast Establishment. The book starts with post - World War I period and continues in the immediate post-World War II international development, describing how the group of six men of quite different political affiliations developed the containment policy of dealing with the Communist bloc during the Cold War and crafted institutions such as NATO, the World Bank, and the policies of the Marshall Plan.

Six people who were influential in the development of Cold War:

1. Dean Acheson, Secretary of State under President Harry Truman
2. Charles E. Bohlen, U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, the Philippines, and France
3. W. Averell Harriman, Special Envoy for President Franklin Roosevelt
4. George F. Kennan, Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia
5. Robert A. Lovett, Truman's Secretary of Defense
6. John J. McCloy, a War Department official and later U.S. High Commissioner for Germany.
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE RETURNS FROM WARM SPRINGS. WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 10. LOOKING THE PICTURE OF HEALTH, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT TODAY RETURNED FROM A SPRING VACATION AT WARM SPRINGS. BESIDES SECRETARY OF COMMERCE HARRY HOPKINS WHO ACCOMPANIED THE PRESIDENT ON THE TRIP FROM HIS GEORGIA RETREAT, OTHERS AT UNION STATION WERE SECRETARY OF STATE CORDELL HULL AND SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY HENRY MORGENTHAU. LITTLE DIANA HOPKINS, DAUGHTER OF THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, IS ALSO IN THE PICTURE
[George Kennan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

[George Kennan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

Written on verso: Taken in Tomsk, Siberia, August 1885, going eastward. Photo by Matsaevich & Co., Tomsk. Transfer; Manuscript Division (George Kennan Papers); 1973; (DLC/PP-1973:080). Forms part of: George Ken... More

Groton, Mass. 1886. Historic map, Library of Congress

Groton, Mass. 1886. Historic map, Library of Congress

Perspective map not drawn to scale. Bird's-eye-view. LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 295 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Indexed for points of interest. AACR2

Panoramic map of Harriman, Tenn. 1892.

Panoramic map of Harriman, Tenn. 1892.

Perspective map not drawn to scale. Bird's-eye-view. LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 897 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes illus. and index to points of interest. AACR2

Harriman, Tenn. 1892 - Print, Library of Congress collection

Harriman, Tenn. 1892 - Print, Library of Congress collection

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Burleigh Lith.

Edward S. Curtis - Sun and clouds / Curtis., Alaska

Edward S. Curtis - Sun and clouds / Curtis., Alaska

View across large body of water, taken on the Harriman Alaska expedition. Copyright by E.H. Harriman. Curtis no. X423. Edward S. Curtis Collection. Published as photogravure in: Harriman Alaska Expedition. New ... More

[Two men with guns in foreground, pond and mountain in background, taken during the Harriman Alaska Expedition, 1899]
[Two men and two women seated in forest in Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.

[Two men and two women seated in forest in Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.

61513 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Edward H. Harriman. No. X463.

Edward S. Curtis - Seal hunters in canoe at Glacier Bay / Curtis.

Edward S. Curtis - Seal hunters in canoe at Glacier Bay / Curtis.

Two native Alaskan people in boat. 61316 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Edward H. Harriman. No. X225a.

[The expedition vessel, George W. Elder, at dock possibly in Sitka, Alaska, and two small boats loaded with fish in the foreground, 1899] / Curtis.
Edward S. Curtis - [Harriman Expedition personnel posed on dock in Alaska]

Edward S. Curtis - [Harriman Expedition personnel posed on dock in Ala...

Photoprint by E.S. Curtis. Copyrighted by E.H. Harriman. No. X407. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Geogr.; BI (Harriman); Expeditions; Shelf.

[Harriman Alaska Expedition members pose on beach at deserted Cape Fox village, Alaska, 1899, with Tlinget totem poles in background] / Curtis.
[Glaciers, Alaska] / Curtis.
[A man, possibly Lewis Rutherford Morris, seated in a canoe on a river in Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.

[A man, possibly Lewis Rutherford Morris, seated in a canoe on a river...

61494 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Edward H. Harriman. No. X250.

[D.G. Elliot, A.K. Fisher, and Robert Ridgway in woods bordering Indian River, Sitka, Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.
[Woman looking through sextant on board the expedition vessel, George W. Elder, with two men and Capt. Peter Doran during Harriman expedition to Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.

[Woman looking through sextant on board the expedition vessel, George ...

61279 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Edward H. Harriman. No. X417.

[Unidentified old man, seated, writing, at entrance to a log and earth shelter in Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.

[Unidentified old man, seated, writing, at entrance to a log and earth...

61320 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Edward H. Harriman. No. X399.

Edward S. Curtis - Packers / Curtis., Alaska

Edward S. Curtis - Packers / Curtis., Alaska

Group of men standing on board ship, Alaska, 1899. 61334 U.S. Copyright Office. Title transcribed from another copy. Copyright by Edward H. Harriman. No. X413.

[Surveyor with theodolite(?) in the mountains of Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.

[Surveyor with theodolite(?) in the mountains of Alaska, 1899] / Curti...

61328 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Edward H. Harriman. No. X408.

[Two men and one women in forest in Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.

[Two men and one women in forest in Alaska, 1899] / Curtis.

61512 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Edward H. Harriman. Retouched photo removing second woman from original photograph, see no. X463. No. X463A.

Edward S. Curtis - [Icebergs, bay, and mountain in background, Alaska] / Curtis.
Mrs. W.K.Vanderbilt, cameo portrait

Mrs. W.K.Vanderbilt, cameo portrait

Photograph shows Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd (1861-1940), the second wife of businessman William Kissam Vanderbilt. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

Henry L. Stimson
Philip J. McCook, Julia Arthur, Mrs. O. Harriman, Gen. Graves, E.F. Albee, Sgt. Woodfill, (and wife), and Adm. Glennon
Attend Soviet party Washington, D.C., Nov. 7. Wage-Hour Administrator and Mrs. Elmer Andrews as they arrive to attend the party at Soviet Embassy today which marked the 21st anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution
Dr. R.H. Howe, Harvard coach
Oliver Harriman family & Junior Naval Scouts
Mrs. J.B. Harriman
Job Harriman
John Harriman and wife
Mrs. Oliver Harriman Jr.
At Soviet reception. Washington, D.C., Nov. 7. Henrik De Kauffmann, left, Danish Minister, and Wilhelm Munthe de Morgenstierne, Norwegian Minister, snapped as they arrived at the Soviet Embassy tonight for the reception tendered by the Charge d'Affaires M. Dmitri Chuvakhin in celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the Great October Revolution
Mrs. Jos. Harriman, with two children
Princeton and Fordham
China well represented at Soviet Embassy. Washington, D.C., Nov. 7. Arm-in-arm Dr. Hu Shih, right, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, arrives for the reception at the Soviet Embassy with Dr. W.W. Yen. The reception was given to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. Official Washington shunned the reception in droves
Annual Gridiron dinner. Washington, D.C., Dec. 9. Justice Felix Frankfurter, as he checked his hat and coat before attending the annual Gridiron dinner in honor of the president
Wife of CIO leader attends Soviet Reception. Washington, D.C., Nov. 7. Mrs. John L. Lewis, wife of the CIO leader, was one of the few American of any recognition who today attended the reception given by the Soviet Charge d'Affaires Dmitri Chuvakhin in celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. Mr. Lewis was noticeably absent
Caroline Ruutz-Ress, Mrs. J.B. Harriman, H.E. Mack
W.A. Harriman
[Hall of Skull and Bones fraternity house, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.]
Leaving conference with Pres. Roosevelt. Left to right: Asst. Secy. of Treasury John W. Hanes, Secy. Morgenthau, & acting Budget Dir. Daniel Bell
W.A. Harriman
Sen. Joe Robinson, Mrs. Harriman at luncheon. Mrs. Harriman guest of honor
H. Morgenthau and J.B. Payne

H. Morgenthau and J.B. Payne

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... More

Wall Streeter and occassional Administration Advisor opens new monopoly phase. Washington, D.C., Dec. 12. W. Averill Harriman, Wall Street Financier and often an advisor to the Administration, together with his partner, J.P. Ripley, spent the morning before the TNEC's newest investigation into banking practices. They are shown here with the Chairman of the Monopoly Committee, Sen. Joseph O'Mahoney. Left to right: Sen. O'Mahoney, Ripley, and Harriman
President confers with advisory business council. Washington D.C. Members of the Advisory Business Council operating in cooperation with Secretary of Commerce Roper met with President Roosevelt at the White House today. Matters discussed at the meeting were not made public but It is believed that pending Congressional legislation was one of the topics. In the photograph, left to right: Laverill Harriman, Clay Williams, Gen. R.E. Wood, George Meade, Chairman of the Council; and Delancey Kounyze
J.E. Harriman Jr.
R.S. Lovett
Mrs. Oliver Harriman
As special presidential committee began public hearings on possible civil service reforms. Washington, D.C., Nov. 1. Rep. Robert Ramspeck, chairman of the House Civil Service Committee, was the first witness today as open hearings began before the special presidential committee established to study possible reforms in recruiting governmental legal help. In differing with Justice Felix Frankfurter, a member of the committee, Ramspeck said 'that he did not think the fact that a man graduates from Harvard, Yale, or Columbia or some other school should control his appointment.' In the photograph, left to right: Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter, Rep. Ramspeck, Justice Stanley F. Reed, chairman of the committee, and Attorney General Frank Murphy, also a member of the committee
Mrs. J. Borden Harriman
E.H. Harriman
Rotarians fete foreign diplomats. Washington, D.C. The International Rotarians today held a luncheon in Washington at the Willard Hotel where they played as host to all the foreign diplomats in Washington D.C. Left to right: Will Maniery of Nashville, Tenn., President of the Rotary International; Ambassador Alexander Troyanovsky of Soviet Russia; Ambassador Fulvio Suvich from Italy; Ambassador Hans Luther from Germany; Rev. Dr. Chas. T. Warner, President of the Washington Rotarians
R.S. Lovett
Oliver Harriman
New Soviet Ambassador Constantine Alexandrovitch Oumansky & his wife & daughter, Nina Constantina. He was formerly Charge d'Affaires & succeeds Alexander Troyanovsky
W.A. Harriman
Mrs. Oliver Harriman Jr.
Mrs. Borden Harriman and daughter
Finland Minister arrives for Soviet reception. Washington, D.C., Nov. 7. Finland's Minister Hjalmar J. Procope, was in a gay mood as he waved to photographers on his arrival at the Soviet Embassy today for the reception in celebration of 22nd anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution
Mrs. J.B. Harriman
Mrs. John Harriman
Maj. L. Osterrieth, Oliver Harriman, H.S. Thompson
Borden Harriman
Yale College
H.L. Stimson
Sgt. Woodfill and wife, E.F. Albee, and Mrs. O. Harriman
President's committee for civil service improvements open public hearings. Washington, D.C., Nov. 1. The committee which president recently appointed to study possible reforms in recruiting governmental legal help, began open hearings today at the United States Supreme Court Building. This first photograph of the committee shows, left to right, seated: Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter, Associate Justice Stanley F. Reed, chairman, and Attorney General Frank Murphy
Big three of U.S. Steel. Washington, D.C., Nov. 2. Interested spectators at today's session of the Monopoly Committee now investigating the $4,000,000[,000?] steel industry were, left to right: Edward R. Stettinius, Chairman of the Board, U.S. Steel Corp., Benjamin F. Fairless, President, and William Beye, Vice President
Discuss tax revision with president. Washington, D.C., Nov. 9. President Roosevelt today called a special meeting of the Government's tax experts at the White House. Leaving the meeting Rep. Robert L. Doughton, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters that tax revision and proposed farm levies were discussed with the President. Left to right: Daniel Bell, Director of the Budget; Rep. Fred Vinson of Kentucky, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee now studying tax revision; Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau; Roswell Magill, Undersecretary of the Treasury; and Rep. Robert L. Doughton.
Newsmen dine French Ambassador. Washington, D.C., May 13. French Ambassador Georges Bonnet apparently enjoyed his lunch today at the National Press Club where he was a guest of the members. In a short speech following the luncheon Ambassador Bonnet defended the Franco-Soviet military alliance as a force of peace instead of war
Monopoly Committee begins study of steel industry. Washington, D.C., Nov. 1. Leaders of the nation's steel business were on hand at the Capitol today as the National Monopoly Committee began a study of the $4,000,000,000 industry. Here we see, left to right: Senator William H. King, a member of the committee, Edward R. Stettinius, Chairman of the Board, U.S. Steel Corporation, Senator Joseph C. O'Mahoney, co-chairman of the committee, Nathan L. Miller, General Counsel for U.S. Steel Corp., and Benjamin F. Fairless, President of U.S. Steel Corp.
Alexandrovitch Oumansky, new Soviet ambassador
U.S. Steel heads listen to testimony at monopoly committee. Washington, D.C., Nov. 6. Edward R. Stettinius, Chairman of the Board, U.S. Steel, and Benjamin F. Fairless, president of the corporation, listen to testimony before the National Monopoly Committee today
Edward R. Stettinius, Chairman of U.S. Steel, testifying before Monopoly Committee
Washington, D.C., Dec. 11. Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter of the United States Supreme Court
Mrs. Oliver Harriman & son
George Kennan
Buffalo bankers before S.E.C. Washington, D.C. Jan. 17. The bankers from Buffalo, New York are shown in a huddle during a recess when they were testifying before the Securities and Exchange today. Left to right: Perry E. Wurst, Executive Vice-President of the Manufactures & Traders Trust Co.; Lewis G. Harriman, Pres. of the M.& T. Trust Co.; and Frank C. Trubee, Jr., President of the Manufactures and Traders Securities Corp.; all of Buffalo, New York
Mr. & Mrs. Borden Harriman
Ed R. Stettinius, Monopoly
Soviet Delegates, Tokyo: Kuzunef
W.A. Harriman
Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt

Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt

Photograph shows Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd (1861-1940), the second wife of businessman William Kissam Vanderbilt. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., Chairman of U.S. Steel. Isador Lubin, left, Commissioner of Labor Statistics. Leon Henderson, right, new S.E.C. Commissioner
Members of Supreme Court attend service for late Justice Butler. Washington, D.C., Nov. 17. Members of the United States Supreme Court, who acted as honorary pall bearers for the late Justice Pierce Butler, are shown leaving St. Matthews Cathedral today where a high requiem mass was sung as a final tribute. Reading in pairs from left to right: Associate Justice James Clark McReynolds, Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, Associate Justices Owen J. Roberts, and Harlan Fiske Stone, Associate Justice Stanley F. Reed and Hugo L. Black, retired Justice George Sutherland and Justice Felix Frankfurter, retired Justice Willis Van Devanter and Justice William O. Douglas
Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt

Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt

Photograph shows Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd (1861-1940), the second wife of businessman William Kissam Vanderbilt. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

Harriman, Ripley, & Co. owner holds firm never violated banking laws. Washington, D.C., Dec. 12. Testifying before the Monopoly Committee this morning, W. Averill Harriman, Wall Street Financier, asserted and was corroborated by his partner, J.P. Ripley, that the firm of Harriman, Ripley, & Co. set up in 1934, was not established to side-step the Banking Act of 1933. The act divorced securities business from commerical banking in banking houses. He asserts that the firm was set up to provide for the future of those employees of the National City Co. whose investment and underwriting activities were ended by the Act of 1933. Photo shows Harriman as he was testifying this morning
Discuss business conditions. Washington, D.C., May 13. Averill Harriman (left), chairman of the President's Business Advisory Council, and Secretary of Commerce Daniel A. Roper snapped just before they went into the metting of the Business Advisory Council today at the Department of Commerce
President of firm under investigation today. Washington, D.C., Dec. 12. J.P. Ripley, President of the Harriman, Ripley, & Co. currently under investigation by the Monopoly Committee which today began a study of banking practices
Nassau Hall, Princeton University, N.J.
Yale / Bristow Adams.

Yale / Bristow Adams.

Yale student jumping hurdle. Promotional goal: U.S. K3. 1903. Copyright by the Potomac Press, Washington, D.C.

Dickinson Hall, Princeton University, N.J.
Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Acheson and their daughter in the living room of their farm house near Watertown, Nebraska.
Memorial Hall, Harvard University, Mass.
STIMSON, H.L. HONORABLE - Harris & Ewing, Studio Portrait
[Gore Hall, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts]

[Gore Hall, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts]

Photograph shows exterior view of Gore Hall, Harvard University's library, designed by Richard Bond, and built 1837-1841. Title devised by Library staff.

HARRIMAN, BORDEN, MRS. - Harris & Ewing, Studio Portrait
MORGENTHAU, HENRY. HONORABLE - Harris & Ewing, Studio Portrait
MORGENTHAU, HENRY. HONORABLE

MORGENTHAU, HENRY. HONORABLE

Title from unverified caption data received with the Harris & Ewing Collection. Date span based on active dates of Harris & Ewing, Inc. Portrait series. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information abou... More

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