Dean Acheson


Dean Acheson


On leaving his post as secretary of state, Acheson was asked about his plans for the future. He replied, “I will undoubtedly have to seek what is happily known as gainful employment, which I am glad to say does not describe holding public office.”


The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.

~Dean Acheson

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Biographical Note: 

Dean Acheson was a U.S. statesman and lawyer; secretary of state (1949-1953). He was important in the evolution of NATO, the Truman Doctrine, and the Marshall Plan, all in pursuit of his global strategy of containing the advance of communism. His memoirs, Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), received a Pulitzer Prize (1970).