Harvey Hollister Bundy

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Harvey Hollister Bundy

Harvey Hollister Bundy Sr., (March 30, 1888 – October 7, 1963), was an American lawyer, Special Assistant to the Secretary of War during WWII, and father of William Bundy and McGeorge Bundy. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to McGeorge Bundy, a lawyer, he was grandson to Solomon Bundy, a lawyer and New York Congressman.[1] Bundy attended Yale University and was initiated in the Skull and Bones in 1909.[2]:183


Bundy received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1914[3] and that same year began working for Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. In 1917, he married Katherine Lawrence Putnam, niece to Harvard president Abbott Lawrence Lowell.

Bundy became Assistant Secretary of State in July 1931 until March 1933 under Henry Lewis Stimson, also a Skull & Bones member. Bundy's son McGeorge would co-author a book with Stimson entitled On Active Service in Peace and War in 1948. Bundy was special legal assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. During WWII he served again under Stimson, now Secretary of War, as his Special Assistant on Atomic Matters,[4] serving as liaison between Stimson and the director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Vannevar Bush.[5]

After the war, he became president of the board of trustees of the World Peace Foundation. He succeeded John Foster Dulles as chairman of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, serving from 1952 to 1958.

He died on October 7, 1963.[3]


  1. ^ "Annals of Oxford: Solomon Bundy". 
  2. ^ Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7. 
  3. ^ a b "Harvey Bundy, 75, Ex-Diplomat, Dies". New York Times. 8 October 1963. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Kenneth W Hechler (5 January 1953). "Memorandum on the Potsdam Conference to David D Lloyd". www.nuclearfiles.org. 
  5. ^ Daniel J. Kevles (March 1990). "The Politics of Atomic Reality". Reviews in American History 18 (1).