Robert Cutler

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Robert Cutler
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1st and 4th National Security Advisor
In office
January 7, 1957 – June 24, 1958
President Dwight Eisenhower
Preceded by William Jackson
Succeeded by Gordon Gray
In office
March 23, 1953 – April 2, 1955
President Dwight Eisenhower
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Dillon Anderson
Personal details
Born (1895-06-12)June 12, 1895
Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died May 8, 1974(1974-05-08) (aged 78)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Harvard University (BA, LLB)

Robert Cutler (June 12, 1895 – May 8, 1974) was the first person appointed as the National Security Advisor to Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He served between 1953 and 1955, and again from 1957 to 1958.[1]


He was born on June 12, 1895 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Cutler's brother, Elliott Carr Cutler, was a professor at the Harvard Medical School and a surgeon. His maternal relatives, the Carrs, were a prominent political and mercantile family in Bangor, Maine

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School he became an attorney and bank executive in Boston, Massachusetts before taking public office. Cutler was also very involved with the Army during his career. He served as an infantry officer in World War I from 1917 to 1919 and acted under Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson during World War II where in 1942, he reached the rank Brigadier General and served until 1945. Cutler was an amateur writer; he was Class Poet at Harvard, and authored two novels – Louisburg Square (1917) and The Speckled Bird (1923) – by the time he received his degree. An autobiography, No Time for Rest, was released in 1966.

He died on May 8, 1974 in Concord, Massachusetts.[1]


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Political offices
New office National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Dillon Anderson
Preceded by
William Jackson
National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Gordon Gray