Lovett, Robert A. (Robert Abercrombie), 1895-1986

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Robert Abercrombie Lovett was born in Huntsville, Texas, on September 14, 1895. After receiving a B.A. from Yale in 1918 and attending Harvard Law School and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Lovett became a partner in Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. Aside from his periods of government service, Lovett was associated with Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. for the remainder of his life. From 1941-1945, Lovett served as assistant secretary of war for air. During the Truman administration, Lovett served as under secretary of state (1947-1949), deputy secretary of defense (1950-1951), and secretary of defense (1951-1953). Lovett died on May 7, 1986, in Locust Valley, New York.

From the description of Robert Abercrombie Lovett papers, 1919-1986 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702121379

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Robert Abercrombie Lovett was born in Huntsville, Texas, on September 14, 1895. After receiving a B.A. from Yale in 1918 and attending Harvard Law School and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Lovett became a partner in Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. Aside from his periods of government service, Lovett was associated with Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. for the remainder of his life. From 1941-1945, Lovett served as assistant secretary of war for air. During the Truman administration, Lovett served as under secretary of state (1947-1949), deputy secretary of defense (1950-1951), and secretary of defense (1951-1953). Lovett died on May 7, 1986, in Locust Valley, New York.

Robert Abercrombie Lovett was born in Huntsville, Texas, on September 14, 1885, the son of Robert Scott and Lavinia Chilton Abercrombie Lovett. The senior Lovett served as general counsel to E. H. Harriman's Union Pacific Railroad. When he became a director of the railroad in 1909, he moved his family to Locust Valley, New York.

Lovett graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in 1914. He entered Yale University with the class of 1918 and was a junior when America entered World War I. Leaving school to join the war effort, he became an ensign and helped organize the first Yale Unit of Naval Aircraft. After receiving pilot's training, he flew many sorties over Germany and Belgium. He was discharged from the navy in 1919 as a lieutenant commander. On April 19, 1919, he married his Long Island neighbor, Adele Quarterly Brown, daughter of James Brown, the senior partner of the investment firm of Brown Brothers.

After completing his bachelor's degree at Yale, Lovett studied law and business at Harvard University. In 1921, he returned to New York, where he worked briefly as a clerk in a New York bank. Lovett then was given a position at Brown Brothers. He became a firm partner in 1926 and in the same year was elected a director of the Union Pacific Railroad and several of its subsidiaries. Not long after he effected the merger of the Harriman investment interests into what became the banking concern of Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co.

Through work in the firm's branch offices in London and on the Continent, Lovett became aware of the threat posed to world peace by Hitler's rise to power. On his own initiative, Lovett toured aircraft plants in the United States and prepared a report emphasizing the need for rapid development of military aviation. The report came to the attention of Robert Patterson, then under secretary of the army, who, in 1940, named Lovett his special assistant.

Henry L. Stimson, the secretary of war, asked Lovett to assume the position of assistant secretary of war for air in April, 1941. In this post Lovett directed the growth of United States air power and gained for the air corps the semi-autonomous status which it held within the army throughout World War II. In September, 1945, Lovett received the Distinguished Service Medal, and in December, resigned from government service to resume his work with Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co.

Lovett returned to Washington in 1947 when he was appointed under secretary of state by Secretary of State George C. Marshall, a post which he held until Marshall left the State Department in January, 1949. During the Korean War, Lovett once again held positions in the Truman administration, from 1950-1951 as deputy secretary of defense and from 1951-1953 as secretary of defense.

Resuming his business interests in New York in 1953, Lovett retained his concern for military affairs. He was appointed to several presidential commissions and testified before Congress. He also served on the boards of several foundations and charitable organizations. Lovett retired from the board of Union Pacific in 1976 and died at his home in Locust Valley, New York, on May 7, 1986.

From the guide to the Robert Abercrombie Lovett papers, 1919-1986, (Manuscripts and Archives)

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associatedWith Abercrombie family. family
associatedWith Abercrombie family. family
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associatedWith Arnold, Henry Harley, 1886-1950. person
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associatedWith Bullitt, William C. (William Christian), 1891-1967. person
associatedWith Bush, Prescott Sheldon, 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Carter, Marshall S. (Marshall Sylvester), 1909- person
associatedWith Davison, Frederick Trubee, 1896-1974. person
correspondedWith Eaker, Ira, 1896-1987. person
associatedWith Forrestal, James, 1892-1949. person
associatedWith Gates, Artemus L., 1895-1976. person
associatedWith George, C. J. (Clarence James), 1916-1987. person
associatedWith George C. Marshall Research Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986. person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Hoffman, Anna Rosenberg, 1902-1983. person
associatedWith Horndahl, Eric W. (Eric William) person
associatedWith International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. corporateBody
associatedWith Kunze, Alfred M. person
associatedWith Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900- person
associatedWith Leffingwell, R. C. (Russell Cornell), 1878-1960 person
associatedWith Leffingwell, R. C. (Russell Cornell), 1883-1960. person
associatedWith Leva, Marx, 1915- person
associatedWith Lord, Mary Pillsbury, 1904-1978. person
associatedWith Lovett family. family
associatedWith Lovett family. family
correspondedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. person
correspondedWith Marquand, John P. (John Phillips), 1893-1960 person
associatedWith Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959. person
associatedWith Mary (Pillsbury) Lord, 1904-1978 person
associatedWith McCloy, John Hay, 1895- person
associatedWith McCloy, John Jay, 1895- person
associatedWith Moody, Blair, 1902-1954 person
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
associatedWith Norstad, Lauris, 1907-1988. person
associatedWith North Atlantic Treaty Organization. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Hara, John, 1905-1970. person
associatedWith Parton, James, 1912- person
associatedWith Patterson, Robert Porter, 1891-1952. person
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associatedWith Pogue, Forrest C. person
associatedWith Pogue, Forrest C. person
associatedWith Powell, Lewis F., 1907-1998. person
associatedWith Shaughnessy, Donald F., person
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associatedWith Smith, Jean, person
correspondedWith Spaatz, Carl, 1891-1974. person
associatedWith Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950. person
associatedWith Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003. person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972. person
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associatedWith United States. Dept. of Defense corporateBody
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correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
American
United States
United States
United States
Subject
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American
Economic assistance, American
Aeronautics--History
Investment banking
Diplomatic negotiations in international disputes
Negotiation
Occupation
Government executives--American
Government executives--United States
Diplomats--American
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Birth 1895-09-14

Death 1986-05-07

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