Arthur Dean (lawyer)

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Arthur Dean in 1966

Arthur Hobson Dean (October 16, 1898 – November 30, 1987) was a New York City lawyer and diplomat who was viewed as one of the leading corporate lawyers of his day, as well having served as a key advisor to numerous U.S. presidents.[1]

Dean was chairman and senior partner of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he worked closely with John Foster Dulles. He was the chief U.S. negotiator at Panmunjeom where he helped negotiate the Korean Armistice Agreement, which ended the Korean War,[2][3] and also helped draft and negotiate the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963.[4] Dean was a member (and later served on the Board of Directors) of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society and served as a delegate to the United Nations. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group[5] and participated in 14 conferences between 1957 and 1975.

An Ithaca, New York native, Dean was educated at Ithaca High School and then Cornell University. After serving in the United States Navy during World War I, he received both a bachelor's and LL.B degree from Cornell, in 1921 and 1923, respectively, and was the managing editor of the Cornell Law Quarterly[6] Dean's official papers are maintained at Cornell University Library, of which he was a major patron.[7]


  1. ^ Krebs, Albin (1987-12-01). "Arthur H. Dean, Envoy to Korea Talks, Dies at 89". The New York Times.
  2. ^ The Acid Test Archived May 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Time Magazine, March 21, 1961
  3. ^ The Wall Street Lawyer Time Magazine, Dec. 21, 1953
  4. ^ List of Presidents Archived November 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. American Society of International Law, accessed 11.10.2007
  5. ^ "Former Steering Committee Members". Bilderberg Group. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  6. ^ Cornell Library: Guide to Arthur H. Dean papers accessed 11.10.2007
  7. ^ Founding Collections of Cornell Library accessed 11.10.2007
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Lyon Collyer
Chairman of Cornell Board of Trustees
Succeeded by
Robert W. Purcell