Bundy, McGeorge “Mac”
1982 ANS to an admirer praising Bundy’s role in the Kennedy Administration
Autograph ID: 7178
Condition: Very good, 2 mail folds
Description: “(1919-1996) JFK-LBJ National Security Advisor 1961-66, younger brother of William P. Bundy, a chief architect of the escalation of the Vietnam War; Ford Foundation president 1966-79. WW II Navy intelligence officer, at the Council on Foreign Relations 1949 with a study team on implementing the Marshall Plan. Taught government at Harvard, in 1953, youngest dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 1979 he was a history professor at New York University, later at the Carnegie Corporation 1990 until his death, serving as chair of the Committee on Reducing the Nuclear Danger (1990-93) and scholar-in-residence (1993-96). Yale AB 1940, in 1948, he worked for GOP presidential candidate Tom Dewey as a foreign policy issues speechwriter. Later, at the Council on Foreign Relations, his study group included Dwight Eisenhower, Allen Dulles, and George Kennan. In 1961 he was appointed as JFK’s National Security Advisor. As one of Kennedy's "wise men," Bundy had a crucial role in all major foreign policy and defense decisions of the Kennedy administration, retained by Lyndon Johnson for part of his tenure. Bundy was involved in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. He also chaired the “303 Committee” 1964-66, responsible for coordinating government covert operations.
Bundy strongly supported the Vietnam War, believing it essential to contain communism. He supported escalating US involvement, including commitment of hundreds of thousands of ground troops and the 1965 sustained bombing of No. Vietnam. He left government in 1966 for the Ford Foundation, remaining to 1979. While at NYU, he helped found the “Gang of Four” group with Kennan, Robert McNamara, and Gerard Smith. They spoke and wrote about US nuclear policies and published an influential 1983 Foreign Affairs article that proposed ending the US policy of "first use” of nuclear weapons to stop a Soviet invasion of Europe. Their work has been credited with contributing to the SALT II treaty a decade later. In 1969 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Johnson, one of 20 to receive the Medal in the last 24 hours of LBJ’s presidency. Bundy was later included on President Nixon’s “Enemies List”.
ANS, New York City, February 19 1982, while at New York University, at the bottom of an 11 x 8 1/2 letter from an admirer of his “distinguished role” in the JFK Administration, thanking him for his kind words. With envelope”