John Foster Dulles
52nd U.S. Secretary of State
Who was John Foster Dulles?
John Foster Dulles was the 52nd United States Secretary of State serving under President Dwight Eisenhower. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather John W. Foster, who was the 32nd U.S. Secretary of State. John Foster Dulles was a key figure during the cold war supporting the French War in Indochina and advocating other aggressive actions to counter the spread of communism throughout the world. Prior to his term as Secretary of State, he was temporarily assigned to fill a vacancy as U.S. Senator from New York. A few months after being appointed, he lost a special election to fill the vacancy to his Democratic rival. Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., was named for John Foster Dulles.
John Foster Dulles belonged to one of the United States's most politically connected families that included his brother Allen Dulles (5th Director of the C.I.A.) and grandfather John W. Foster (32nd U.S. Secretary of State). His presidential connections include William Howard Taft, Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Pierce, Zachary Taylor, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and a number of others.
John Foster Dulles is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger William Brewster and has a kinship to fellow passenger Edward Winslow. He also has royal connections to the current royal family through both Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II, and he is a direct descendant of King Edward I.
Celebrity kin to John Foster Dulles include, but is not limited to, actors Clint Eastwood, Bing Crosby, Shirley Temple, Jane Fonda, Ted Danson, Sigourney Weaver, Raquel Welch, and John Wayne.
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