W. Averell Harriman - Summary of Career

Summary of Career

  • Vice President, Union Pacific Railroad Co., 1915–17
  • Director, Illinois Central Railroad Co., 1915–46
  • Member, Palisades Interstate Park Commission, 1915–54
  • Chairman, Merchant Shipbuilding Corp.,1917–25
  • Chairman, W. A. Harriman & Company, 1920–31
  • Partner, Soviet Georgian Manganese Concessions, 1925–28
  • Chairman, executive committee, Illinois Central Railroad, 1931–42
  • Senior partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., 1931–46
  • Chairman, Union Pacific Railroad, 1932–46
  • Co-founded Today magazine with Vincent Astor, 1935-37 (merged with Newsweek in 1937)
  • Administrator and Special Assistant, National Recovery Administration, 1934–35
  • Founded, Sun Valley Ski Resort, Idaho, 1936
  • Chairman, Business Advisory Council, 1937–39
  • Chief, Materials Branch & Production Division, Office of Production Management, 1941
  • US Ambassador & Special Representative to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1941–43
  • Chairman, Ambassador & Special Representative of the US President's Special Mission to the USSR, 1941–43
  • US Ambassador to the USSR, 1943–46
  • US Ambassador, Britain, 1946
  • US Secretary of Commerce, 1946–48
  • United States Coordinator, European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan), 1948–50
  • Special Assistant to the U.S. President, 1950–52
  • US Representative and Chairman, North Atlantic Commission on Defense Plans, 1951–52
  • Director, Mutual Security Agency, 1951–53
  • Candidate, Democratic nomination for US President, 1952
  • Governor, State of New York, 1955–58
  • Candidate, Democratic nomination for US President, 1956
  • US Ambassador-at-large, 1961
  • United States Deputy Representative, International Conference on the Settlement of the Laotian, 1961–62
  • Assistant US Secretary of State, Far Eastern Affairs, 1961–63
  • Special Representative to the US President, Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 1963
  • Under US Secretary of State, Political Affairs, 1963–65
  • US Ambassador-at-large, 1965–69
  • Chairman, President's Commission of the Observance of Human Rights Year, 1968
  • Personal Representative of the US President, Peace Talks with North Vietnam, 1968–69
  • Chairman, Foreign Policy Task Force, Democratic National Committee, 1976
  • Member, American Academy of Diplomacy Charter, Club of Rome, Council on Foreign Relations, Knights of Pythias, Skull and Bones Society, Psi Upsilon Fraternity and the Jupiter Island Club.

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