W. Averell Harriman

W. Averell Harriman

Businessman + Politician and Diplomat
Born Nov 15, 1891

William Averell Harriman was an American Democratic Party politician, businessman, and diplomat. He was the son of railroad baron E. H. Harriman. He served as Secretary of Commerce under President Harry S. Truman and later as the 48th Governor of New York. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952, and again in 1956 when he was endorsed by President Truman but lost to Adlai Stevenson both times.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of W. Averell Harriman.


1891 Birth Born on November 15, 1891.
1899 7 Years Old During the summer of 1899, Harriman's father organized the Harriman Alaska Expedition, a philanthropic-scientific survey of coastal Alaska and Russia that attracted 25 of the leading scientific, naturalist, and artist luminaries of the day, including John Muir, John Burroughs, George Bird Grinnell, C. … Read More


1913 21 Years Old He attended Groton School in Massachusetts before going on to Yale where he joined the Skull and Bones society. He graduated in 1913. … Read More


1922 30 Years Old Using money from his father he established W.A. Harriman & Co banking business in 1922.
1927 35 Years Old In 1927 his brother Roland joined the business and the name was changed to Harriman Brothers & Company.
1931 39 Years Old In 1931, it merged with Brown Bros. & Co. to create the highly successful Wall Street firm Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. … Read More


1937 45 Years Old He served as Chairman of The Business Council, then known as the Business Advisory Council for the United States Department of Commerce in 1937 and 1939. … Read More
1938 46 Years Old Harriman's banking business was the main Wall Street connection for German companies and the varied U.S. financial interests of Fritz Thyssen; who was a financial backer of the Nazi party until 1938. … Read More
Beginning in the spring of 1941, Harriman served President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a special envoy to Europe and helped coordinate the Lend-Lease program.


1942 50 Years Old In the summer of 1942, Harriman accompanied Churchill to the Moscow Conference to explain to Stalin why the western allies were carrying out operations in North Africa instead of opening the promised second front in France.
1943 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Harriman was appointed as United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1943.
1945 53 Years Old In 1945, while Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Harriman was presented with a Trojan Horse gift. In 1952, the gift, a carved wood Great Seal of the United States, which had adorned "the ambassador's Moscow residential office" in Spaso House, was found to be bugged.
1946 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Harriman served as ambassador to the Soviet Union until January 1946. … Read More
1948 56 Years Old In 1948, he was put in charge of the Marshall Plan. … Read More
1951 59 Years Old Harriman was then sent to Tehran in July 1951 to mediate between Iran and Britain in the wake of the Iranian nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.


1952 60 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952, and again in 1956 when he was endorsed by President Truman but lost to Adlai Stevenson both times. … Read More
1954 - 1958 2 More Events
1961 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite the failure of his presidential ambitions, Harriman became a widely respected elder statesman of the party. In January 1961, he was appointed Ambassador at Large in the Kennedy administration, a position he held until November, when he became Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs. … Read More
President-elect Kennedy appointed Harriman as ambassador-at-large, to operate "with the full confidence of the president and an intimate knowledge of all aspects of United States policy." But by 1963, Kennedy had come to suspect the loyalty of certain members on his national security team.
1969 - 1971 2 More Events
1973 81 Years Old In 1973 he was interviewed in the now famous TV documentary series, The World at War, where he gives a recollection of his experiences as Roosevelt's Personal Representative in Britain along with his views on Cold War politics; in particular Poland and the Warsaw Pact; along with the exchanges he witnessed between Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin. … Read More
1978 86 Years Old Harriman was appointed senior member of the US Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly's Special Session on Disarmament in 1978.
1986 95 Years Old He died on July 26, 1986 in Yorktown Heights, New York, at the age of 94. … Read More
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