Bundy, McGeorge, 1919-1996

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McGeorge Bundy (1919-1996) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the national security advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He attended school at private institutions, including Dexter, Groton, and Yale University, from which he graduated first in his class with a degree in mathematics. As a junior fellow at Harvard University, Bundy changed his specialization to international relations. After serving in U.S. Army Intelligence during World War II, during which he rose to the rank of captain, Bundy worked shortly on the Marshall Plan and as an assistant to Henry L. Stimson, a former secretary of war. A registered Republican, Bundy advised Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York in his unsuccessful bid for the presidency against Henry S. Truman.

In 1949 Bundy became a lecturer of government on the Harvard University faculty. He quickly rose to become the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at age thirty-two. Bundy left the university in 1961 to serve as a special assistant for national security at the request of President John F. Kennedy. During his five-year tenure on the White House staff, Bundy became known for his agile intellect, integrity, and patriotic purpose, and was a gatekeeper for the President and a trusted advisor during the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis. After the assassination of President Kennedy, Bundy became an advisor to President Lyndon Johnson, whom he counseled to escalate military actions in Vietnam. Frustrated with the war and his relations with President Johnson, Bundy left the White House in 1966 to head the Ford Foundation.

During his thirteen years at the Ford Foundation, Bundy refocused the organization's efforts on race relations. The next decade he spent teaching history at New York University. During this time Bundy published his Pulitzer-prize-winning book Danger and Survival: Choices About the Bomb and the First Fifty Years, in which he chronicled decisions made about nuclear weaponry. From 1990 to 1993, Bundy chaired the Carnegie Corporation's committee on reducing nuclear danger. At the time of his death, Bundy was a scholar in residence with this corporation.

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contributorOf Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Annual correspondence files of the Dean of the Faculty, 1894- 1991 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Leach, Walter Barton. W. Barton Leach Papers. 1920-1971. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Charles E. (Charles Edward) Wyzanski papers, 1930 - 1968 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers of NOW officers, 1971-1977 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf National Security Files. Files of McGeorge Bundy, 11/1963 - 2/1966 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
referencedIn John J. McCloy Papers, 1897-1989, 1940-1979 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
contributorOf Robert Humphrey Montgomery correspondence about the Sacco-Vanzetti case, 1957-1958 Harvard University, Houghton Library
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referencedIn Robert S. McNamara Papers, 1934-2009, (bulk 1968-2005) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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referencedIn Nicolas Nabokov Papers 1907, 1950-1978 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
contributorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: Presidential Papers: National Security Files, 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963 John F Kennedy Presidential Library
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referencedIn American Foundations Oral History Project, 1989-1993 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
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referencedIn Ford Foundation records, Office of the Vice President, Office Files of David Bell, 1966 - 1981 Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Oral history interview with Bart Jan Bok, 1978 May 15, 17, 19 and 1978 June 14. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn National Security Files. 11/22/1963 - 1/20/1969. National Security Council Meetings Files
creatorOf McGeorge Bundy Papers, 1928 - 1996 John F Kennedy Presidential Library
referencedIn Michael Josselson Papers, 1914-1991 (bulk 1960-1978). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Robert Manning papers, 1938-1993. Houghton Library
referencedIn Robert Lee Sutherland Papers, Sutherland, Robert Lee., 1937-1973 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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referencedIn Michael Nolan Papers, 1967-1969 Wisconsin Historical Society
referencedIn Stanislaw M. Ulam Papers, 1916-1984 American Philosophical Society
contributorOf Congressional Briefings on Vietnam, Transcript Files, 1964 - 1971 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
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referencedIn Papers of the Williams Family [manuscript] 1798-1987 (Bulk 1802-1972) University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Felix Frankfurter Papers, 1900-1965. Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Records relating to Corporation meetings, 1870-1982 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Oral History interview with Margaret W. Mayall, 1986 August 11 and September 12 American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Jacques Barzun papers, 1900-1999 Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library,
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referencedIn Jessica Mitford Papers 1949-1973 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, oversize, ca. 1829-1985 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn John Sylvester Fischer papers, 1907-1980 Yale University Library
referencedIn Archibald MacLeish Papers, 1907-1981, (bulk 1925-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn David Schoenbrun papers, 1943-1980 (bulk 1962-1980) University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf McGeorge Bundy. Pt. 1 1 March 1985
referencedIn Max Lerner papers, 1927-1998 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Sigmund Diamond Papers, [ca. 1950]-1990 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers of Paul J. Sachs, 1903-2005 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Nicolas Nabokov Papers 1907, 1950-1978 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Papers of Samuel Andrew Stouffer, 1930-1960 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn James Perkins papers, 1963-1969. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Papers of McGeorge Bundy, Notes File 1964 - 1966 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
referencedIn Records of the President of Radcliffe College, 1960-1972 Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest. William Ernest Hocking Papers. 1860-1979. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Benjamin S. Loeb Papers, 1945-1999, (bulk 1961-1971) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Jacques Barzun papers, 1900-1999 Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Papers of Howard Mumford Jones, 1911-1980 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Freund, Paul A. Paul A. Freund papers. 1918-1993. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers of George Wald, 1927-1996 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Andreĭ Sakharov papers, 1852-2002 (inclusive), 1960-1990 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Harvard University. Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits. ca.1852-ca.2004. Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Harris, L. mss., 1931-1977 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Dean Gooderham Acheson papers, 1898-1989 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers of William Bentinck-Smith, 1936-1993 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers, 1925-1985 (inclusive) 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Ford Foundation records, Office of the President, Office Files of McGeorge Bundy, 1965-1979 Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Papers of Avis Howard Thayer Bohlen, 1929-1981 Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf National Security File, Files of the Special Committee of the National Security Council, 11/22/1963 - 1/20/1969 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Philip Elman Papers, 1925-1979 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
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associatedWith Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971 person
associatedWith Alsop, Joseph W. (Joseph Wright), 1876-1953 person
correspondedWith Armstrong, Hamilton Fish, 1893-1973 person
associatedWith Barzun, Jacques, 1907- person
associatedWith Bentinck-Smith, William, 1914-1993. person
associatedWith Bohlen, Avis Howard Thayer, 1912-1981. person
associatedWith Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983. person
associatedWith Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986 person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
correspondedWith Buchanan, Scott Millross, 1895-1968 person
spouseOf Bundy, Mary Lothrop, 1924- person
associatedWith Bunting, Mary Ingraham, 1910- person
associatedWith Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959 person
associatedWith Carnegie corporation of New York corporateBody
correspondedWith Clifford, Clark M., 1906-1998 person
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associatedWith Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971 person
associatedWith Diamond, Sigmund. person
correspondedWith Dodd, Thomas J. (Thomas Joseph), 1907-1971 person
associatedWith Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912- person
associatedWith Elman, Philip, 1918- person
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associatedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965. person
associatedWith Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 person
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associatedWith Griswold, Harriet Ford, 1904- person
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associatedWith Guérard, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1914- person
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associatedWith Harris, Leon A. person
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associatedWith Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howe, Mark De Wolfe, 1906-1967 person
correspondedWith Hussey, Alfred Rodman, -1964. person
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith James Alfred, Perkins 1911- person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Jones, Howard Mumford, 1892-1980. person
associatedWith Josselson, Michael. person
associatedWith Josselson, Michael, 1908-1978 person
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associatedWith Langer, William L. (William Leonard), 1896-1977. person
associatedWith Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900- person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. person
correspondedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Lightfoot, Judith, 1937- person
correspondedWith Loeb, Benjamin S., 1914- person
correspondedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 person
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associatedWith Mann, Richard D. (Richard Dewey), 1933- person
associatedWith Mayall, Margaret W. (Margaret Walton) person
associatedWith McCloy, John J. (John Jay), 1895-1989. person
correspondedWith McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009 person
associatedWith Mitford, Jessica, 1917-1996. person
associatedWith Montgomery, Robert H. (Robert Humphrey), b. 1889. person
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associatedWith Nabokov, Nicolas, 1903-1978 person
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associatedWith New York (State). Select Committee on the Future of Private and Independent Higher Education in the State of New York. corporateBody
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associatedWith Nolan, Michael, 1941- person
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associatedWith Stouffer, Samuel Andrew, 1900-1960. person
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associatedWith Wyzanski, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1906-1986. person
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associatedWith Young, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Todd), 1916- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Boston MA US
United States 00 US
Boston MA US
Subject
Presidents--Staff
Ford Foundation
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Pentagon Papers
Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuba, 1961
Cabinet officers
Executive power
Harvard
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
International relations 20th century
Occupation
Dean
Presidential advisors
Professor
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Birth 1919-03-30

Death 1996-09-16

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Americans

English

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