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, who both served at high levels as government advisors.

Biography[edit]

Harvey Hollister Bundy was 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 He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1914;[3] that same year he began working as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

In 1917, Bundy married Katherine Lawrence Putnam, niece to Harvard president Abbott Lawrence Lowell. They had two sons, William Bundy and McGeorge Bundy. Bundy became a prominent attorney in Boston.

Bundy and his wife Katherine met Colonel Henry L. Stimson, and the three became friends. Their sons grew up knowing Stimson as a family friend and colleague of their father. Working under President Herbert Hoover, Stimson appointed Bundy as Assistant Secretary of State in July 1931 until March 1933. Bundy also served as special legal assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

During WWII he served again under Stimson, then Secretary of War under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as his Special Assistant on Atomic Matters beginning in 1941.[4] He served as liaison between Stimson and the director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Vannevar Bush.[5] Bundy also helped implement the Marshall Plan after the war. After the war, his son McGeorge Bundy worked with Stimson to co-author his autobiography, On Active Service in Peace and War (1947).

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.

Bundy died on October 7, 1963.[3]

References[edit]

  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).