Dulles, John Foster


1952 TLS as incoming Secretary of State to former Truman Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, one foreign policy “hawk” to another!


Type: Letter
Description: (1888-1959) Counsel to US delegation at Versailles Peace Conferrence (1918-19), a drafter of UN Charter and US delegate at San Francisco Conference. Dulles was a close associate of Thomas E. Dewey, 1944 & 1948 Republican presidential candidate, his chief foreign policy adviser. New York US Senator July 7–Nov. 8, 1949, appointed to fill seat of Robert F. Wagner, lost election to Herbert Lehman. Secetary of State 1953-1959, chief architect of SEATO, Baghdad Pact, Eisenhower Doctrine, etc. A significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocated an aggressive stance against communism throughout the world. He advocated support of the French against the Viet Minh in Indochina but rejected the Geneva Accords that France and the Communists agreed to, supported South Vietnam after the Geneva Conference in 1954. Both his grandfather, John W. Foster, and his uncle, Robert Lansing, served as Secretary of State. Younger brother Allen W. Dulles served as CIA Director under President Eisenhower, and younger sister Eleanor Lansing Dulles was noted for her work in the successful economic rebuilding of post-war Europe during 20 years with the State Department. Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport is named for him.

10 x 7 TLS on Office of Dwight D. Eisenhower letterhead, Commodore Hotel, New York City, December 5 1952 while Secretary of State-designate, to Spruille Braden, NYC. Incoming Secretary of State Dulles thanks Braden for his letter (of congratulations, most likely, on his appointment) and for his offer of assistance and he “…will no doubt want to call on you at some time in the future for information and advice”, hopes to deserve Braden’s “continuing good wishes.”

Spruille Braden (1894-1978) US diplomat, businessman, lobbyist, member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was US ambassador to various Latin American countries, and Asst. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, notable for interventionist activities and prominent role in several coups d’etats. He was a mining engineer and consultant in Latin America, an owner of the Braden Copper Co. in Chile, a United Fruit Co. shareholder, and directed the W. Averill Harriman Securities Corp. As a Standard Oil agent, he played a role in the Bolivia-Paraguay Chaco War and was openly anti-union. Braden was a delegate to the Montevideo Convention (7th International Conference of American States) in 1933. He held several brief ambassadorships in Colombia, Cuba and Argentina. As Ambassador to Argentina for 4 months in 1945, he encouraged opposition to Juan Peron who used the slogan “Braden or Perón” to aid his 1946 presidential win. In 1945, Braden was Truman’s Asst. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. From 1948, he was a lobbyist for the United Fruit Company. When the Company’s Guatemalan interests were threatened, Braden helped plot and execute the 1954 coup that overthrew the president. He died after unsuccessfully lobbying against the Torrijos-Carter Panama Canal treaties.

Condition: Very good

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