Nitze, Paul H.

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  • 1907, Jan. 26: Born, Amherst, Mass.
  • 1928: B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1928 - 1929 : Accountant, Container Corp. of America, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • 1929 - 1938 : Investment banker, Dillon, Read and Co., New York, N.Y.
  • 1932: Married Phyllis Pratt (died, 1987)
  • 1938 - 1939 : President, P. H. Nitze and Co., New York, N.Y.
  • 1939 - 1941 : Vice president, Dillon, Read and Co., New York, N.Y.
  • 1941 - 1942 : Financial director, Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, State Department, Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 - 1943 : Chief, Metals and Minerals Branch, Board of Economic Warfare
  • 1943 - 1944 : Director, Foreign Procurement and Development Branch, Foreign Economic Administration
  • 1943: Founded School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. (Renamed Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, 1989.)
  • 1944 - 1946 : Vice chairman, United States Strategic Bombing Survey
  • 1946 - 1948 : Deputy director, Office of International Trade Policy, State Department
  • 1948 - 1949 : Deputy to assistant secretary of state for economic affairs
  • 1950 - 1953 : Director, policy planning staff, State Department
  • 1953: Appointed special assistant to secretary of defense; resigned amid Congressional opposition
  • 1953 - 1961 : President, Foreign Service Educational Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 - 1963 : Assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs
  • 1963 - 1967 : Secretary of the Navy
  • 1967 - 1969 : Deputy secretary of defense
  • 1969 - 1974 : Member, United States delegation, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
  • 1974 - 1981 : Consultant, Washington, D.C., for State Department, General Accounting Office, and System Planning Corp., Arlington, Va.
  • 1976: Organized Committee on the Present Danger
  • 1981 - 1984 : Ambassador, head of United States delegation, intermediate-range nuclear forces talks, United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • 1984 - 1989 : Ambassador-at-large and special advisor on arms control matters to the president and secretary of state
  • 1985: Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 1989: Published with Ann M. Smith and Steven L. Rearden From Hiroshima to Glasnost: At the Center of Decision, a Memoir. New York: Grove Weidenfeld
  • 1993: Married Elisabeth Scott Porter Published Tension Between Opposites: Reflections on the Practice and Theory of Politics. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 2004, Oct. 19: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Paul H. Nitze Papers, 1922-1998, (bulk 1946-1996), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Paul H. Nitze Papers, 1922-1998, (bulk 1946-1996) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Hans J. Morgenthau Papers, 1858-1981, (bulk 1925-1981) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Willard L. (AC 1920) and Clarice Brows Thorp Papers, 1857-1994, 1920-1967 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Leach, Walter Barton. W. Barton Leach Papers. 1920-1971. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Dean Gooderham Acheson papers, 1898-1989 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971 person
associatedWith Atlantic Council of the United States. corporateBody
associatedWith Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976 person
associatedWith Carter, Jimmy, 1924- person
associatedWith Clifford, Clark M., 1906-1998 person
associatedWith Committee on the Present Danger (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Council on Foreign Relations. corporateBody
associatedWith Davies, John Paton, 1908-1999 person
associatedWith Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959 person
associatedWith Harvard University. corporateBody
associatedWith Johns Hopkins University. corporateBody
associatedWith Johns Hopkins University. School of Advanced International Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Kennan, George F. (George Frost), 1904-2005 person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Kvitsinsky, Yuli, 1936- person
associatedWith Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900- person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Marshall, Charles Burton, 1908-1999 person
associatedWith Marshall Plan. corporateBody
associatedWith McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009 person
correspondedWith Morgenthau, Hans J. (Hans Joachim), 1904-1980 person
associatedWith Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Reagan, Ronald. person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Shultz, George Pratt, 1920- person
associatedWith Soviet Union. Treaties, etc. United States, 1972 May 26 (ABM) corporateBody
associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 person
associatedWith Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. corporateBody
associatedWith Thorp, Willard Long, 1899-1992 person
associatedWith United States. Department of Defense. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Department of State. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Department of the Navy. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Strategic Bombing Survey. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Soviet Union
United States
Cold War
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American
Diplomatic and consular service, American
World politics--1945-1989
Civil defense
Nuclear weapons
Arms control
National security--United States
Persian Gulf War, 1991
Presidents--United States--Election--1976
Security, International
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
Presidents--United States--Election--1980
World politics--1989-
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Presidents--United States--Election--1960




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