Biography - A Short Wiki
American ambassador to the Soviet Union who led talks between the two countries during the crucial years of WW II. He also served as the 11th United States Secretary of Commerce under Harry S Truman and as the 48th Governor of New York from 1955 to 1958.
He began in the family business, as an executive with the Union Pacific Railroad Company, and from 1940-41, who served on the National Defense Advisory Commission.
He travelled to the USSR to negotiate the Lend-Lease Act, which gave the Russians much-needed war materiel, and after the war supervised the European recovery programs.
How did W Averell Harriman die?
|Cause of death||N/A|
|Age of death||94 years|
|Birthday||November 15, 1891|
|Death date||July 26, 1986|
|Place of death||Yorktown Heights, New York, United States|
|Place of burial||N/A|
"Conferences at the top level are always courteous. Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers."W Averell Harriman
"Roosevelt was determined to stop Stalin from taking over Eastern Europe. He thought they finally had an agreement on Poland. Before Roosevelt died, he realized that Stalin had broken his agreement."W Averell Harriman
"As far as the Russians were concerned, I felt the reverse; they had adequate gold, if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade. I felt they were more self-sufficient."W Averell Harriman
"Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change our policy from isolationism to world leadership. That was a terrific revolution. Our country's never been the same since."W Averell Harriman
"It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose a program as the Marshall Plan, but I felt that we had to do something to save Europe from economic disaster which would encourage the Communist takeover."W Averell Harriman