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American ambassador to the Soviet Union who led talks between the two countries during the crucial years of WW II. He also served as the 11th United States Secretary of Commerce under Harry S Truman and as the 48th Governor of New York from 1955 to 1958.
He began in the family business, as an executive with the Union Pacific Railroad Company, and from 1940-41, who served on the National Defense Advisory Commission.
He travelled to the USSR to negotiate the Lend-Lease Act, which gave the Russians much-needed war materiel, and after the war supervised the European recovery programs.
How did W Averell Harriman die?
|Cause of death||N/A|
|Age of death||94 years|
|Birthday||November 15, 1891|
|Death date||July 26, 1986|
|Place of death||Yorktown Heights, New York, United States|
|Place of burial||N/A|
"Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away from what we promised Britain. So in a sense, Britain participated in a very real way in the recovery of Russia."W Averell Harriman
"We both agreed that Stalin was determined to hold out against the Germans. He told us he'd never let them get to Moscow. But if he was wrong, they'd go back to the Urals and fight. They'd never surrender."W Averell Harriman
"The biggest trade that Germany and Britain had was with each other, in the prewar period; I think I'm right in that. Two highly industrialized nations had the most trade with each other, and it wasn't tariff policies alone that made trade relations better for both of them."W Averell Harriman
"As far as the Russians were concerned, I felt the reverse; they had adequate gold, if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade. I felt they were more self-sufficient."W Averell Harriman
"It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose a program as the Marshall Plan, but I felt that we had to do something to save Europe from economic disaster which would encourage the Communist takeover."W Averell Harriman