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BENJAMIN SUMNER WELLES (October 14, 1892 – September 24, 1961) was an American government official and diplomat in the Foreign Service . He was a major foreign policy adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served as Under Secretary of State from 1936 to 1943, during FDR's presidency.


* 1 Early life

* 2 Diplomatic career

* 2.1 Latin America * 2.2 Years out of government service * 2.3 Cuba
* 2.4 World War II * 2.5 Soviet occupation of the Baltics * 2.6 Rivalries * 2.7 Resignation

* 3 Later years

* 4 Personal life

* 4.1 Legacy

* 5 Works * 6 References

* 7 Further reading

* 7.1 Cuba

* 8 External links


Benjamin Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
was born in New York City
New York City
, the son of Benjamin J. Welles (1857–1935) and Frances Wyeth Swan (1863–1911). He preferred to be called Sumner after his famous relative Charles Sumner , a leading Senator from Massachusetts
during the Civil War and Reconstruction . His family was wealthy and was connected to the era's most prominent families. He was a grandnephew of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor , known as "the Mrs. Astor". Among his ancestors were Thomas Welles , a colonial Governor of Connecticut, and Increase Sumner , Governor of Massachusetts
from 1797 to 1799.

The Welles family was also connected to the Roosevelts. A cousin of Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
married James "Rosy" Roosevelt, Jr. , half brother of future President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). At the age of 10, Welles was entered in Miss Kearny's Day School for Boys in New York City. In September 1904, he entered Groton School
Groton School
in Massachusetts
, where he remained for six years. There he roomed with Hall Roosevelt , the brother of Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
. He served as a page at Franklin D. Roosevelt's wedding to Eleanor in March 1905 at the age of 12.

Welles attended Harvard College
Harvard College
where he studied "economics, Iberian literature and culture", and graduated after three years in 1914.


After graduating from Harvard, Welles followed the advice of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and entered into the Foreign Service . A New York Times profile described him at the time he joined the foreign service: "Tall, slender, blond, and always correctly tailored, he concealed a natural shyness under an appearance of dignified firmness. Although intolerant of inefficiency, he brought to bear unusual tact and a self-imposed patience." He secured an assignment to Tokyo
, where he served in the embassy as third secretary only briefly.


Welles soon became a specialist in Latin American affairs. He served in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
, Argentina
in 1919 and became fluent in Spanish. In 1921, Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes
Charles Evans Hughes
appointed him to head the Division of Latin American Affairs.

In March 1922, Welles briefly resigned from the State Department. He was unsympathetic to the view held by American diplomacy that military might was meant to protect the overseas interests of American business. Hughes brought him back the next year as a special commissioner to the Dominican Republic . His particular assignment was to oversee the withdrawal of American forces and to negotiate protection for overseas investors in the Dominican Republic's debt. Welles remained in that post for three years and his work was accomplished after his departure in a 1924 treaty.

In 1924, President Coolidge sent Welles to act as mediator between disputing parties in Honduras. The country had lacked a legitimate government since the election of 1923 failed to produce a majority for any candidate and the legislature had failed to exercise its power to appoint a new president. Negotiations managed by Welles from April 23 to 28 produced an interim government under General Vicente Tosta , who promised to appoint a cabinet representing all factions and to schedule a presidential election as soon as possible in which he would not be a candidate. Negotiations ended with the signing of an agreement aboard the USS Milwaukee in the port of Amapala .


Miss Mathilde Townsend, John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent
, 1907

Coolidge, however, disapproved of Welles' 1925 marriage to Mathilde Scott Townsend, who had only recently divorced the President's friend, Senator Peter Gerry of Rhode Island. He promptly ended Welles' diplomatic career.

Welles then retired to his estate at Oxon Hill, Maryland. He devoted himself to writing and his two-volume history of the Dominican Republic, Naboth's Vineyard: The Dominican Republic, 1844-1924 appeared in 1928. Time described the work as "a ponderous, lifeless, two-volume work which was technically a history of Santo Domingo, actually a careful indictment of U.S. foreign policy in the Hemisphere". James Reston summarized its thesis: "we should keep in our own back yard and stop claiming rights for ourselves that we denied to other sovereign States".

He served as an unofficial adviser to Dominican President Horacio Vásquez .

During the presidential election of 1932 , Welles provided foreign policy expertise to the Roosevelt campaign. He was a major contributor to the campaign as well.


Welles, holding hat at left, greeting Cuba's Fulgencio Batista at Union Station, Washington, D.C. November 10, 1938

In April 1933, FDR appointed Welles Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs, but when a revolution in Cuba
against President Gerardo Machado
Gerardo Machado
left its government divided and uncertain, he became instead the President's special envoy to Cuba
. He arrived in Havana
in May 1933. His mission was to negotiate a settlement so that the U.S. could avoid intervening as U.S. law, namely the Platt Amendment of 1901, required. Play media Welles speaking in a newsreel report on the Panama conference September 18, 1939

His instructions were to mediate "in any form most suitable" an end to the Cuban situation. Welles promised Machado a new commercial treaty to relieve economic distress if Machado reached a political settlement with his opponents. Machado believed the U.S. would help him survive politically. Welles promised the opponents of Machado's government a change of government and participation in the subsequent administration, if they joined the mediation process and supported an orderly transfer of power. One crucial step was persuading Machado to issue an amnesty for political prisoners so that the opposition leaders could appear in public. Machado soon lost faith in Welles and denounced American interference as a colonialist adventure. Welles' mediation process conferred political legitimacy on sectors of the opposition that participated and allowed the U.S. to assess their viability as long-term political allies. Unable to influence Machado, Welles met with Rafael Guas Inclan, president of the Chamber of Representatives, at the home of newspaper publisher Alfredo Hornedo, and requested that he initiate impeachment proceedings against the president. When Guas harshly refuted him, Wells then negotiated an end to his presidency, with support from General Alberto Herrera, Colonels Julio Sanguily, Rafael del Castillo and Erasmo Delgado after threatening U.S. intervention under the Platt Amendment and the restructuring of the Cuban army high command.

In 1937, FDR promoted Welles to Under Secretary, and the Senate promptly confirmed the appointment. Indicative of ongoing rivalries within the State Department, Robert Walton Moore, an ally of Secretary of State Hull was appointed the department's Counselor at the same time, a position equal in rank to that of Under Secretary. 1939 hand signed issued passport by under Secretary of State Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles


In the week following Kristallnacht
, in November 1938, the British government stated that it would be willing to give up the major part of the quota of 65,000 British citizens that could emigrate to the United States
United States
and have Jews fleeing Hitler receive this instead. Under-Secretary Welles opposed this idea, as he later recounted:

I reminded the Ambassador that the President stated there was no intention on the part of his government to increase the quota for German nationals. I added that it was my strong impression that the responsible leaders among American Jews would be the first to urge that no change in the present quota for German Jews be made...The influential Sam Rosenman , one of the "responsible" Jewish leaders sent Roosevelt a memorandum telling him that an "increase of quotas is wholly inadvisable. It will merely produce a 'Jewish problem' in the countries increasing the quota."

Welles headed the American delegation to the 21-nation Pan American conference that met in Panama in September 1939. He said the conference had been planned in earlier hemispheric meetings in Buenos Aires and Lima and he emphasized the need for consultation on economic issues to "cushion the shock of the dislocation of inter-American commerce arising from the war" in Europe.

In February and March 1940 Welles visited Italy, Germany, France (he visited President Albert Lebrun on March 7) and England to discuss peacemaking proposals. Hitler feared that the purpose of his visits was to drive a wedge between Germany and Italy.


On July 23, 1940, following the principles of the Stimson Doctrine , Welles issued a statement that became known as the Welles Declaration . In the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of August 23, 1939, Germany agreed to allow the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to annex the three Baltic states of Estonia
, Latvia
and Lithuania
. Welles condemned those actions and refused to recognize the legitimacy of Soviet rule in those countries. More than 50 countries later followed the U.S. in this position.

The Declaration was a source of contention during the subsequent alliance between the U.S., Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, but Welles persistently defended it. In a discussion with the media he asserted that the USSR had maneuvered to give "an odor of legality to acts of aggression for purposes of the record".

In a 1942 memorandum describing his conversations with British Ambassador Lord Halifax , Welles stated that he would have preferred to characterize the plebiscites supporting the annexations as "faked". In April 1942 he wrote that the annexation was "not only indefensible from every moral standpoint, but likewise extraordinarily stupid". He believed any concession on the Baltic issue would set a precedent that would lead to additional border struggles in eastern Poland and elsewhere.


Cordell Hull Secretary of State, 1933-1944

A New York Times profile described Welles in 1941: "Tall and erect, never without his cane,... he has enough dignity to be Viceroy of India and... enough influence in this critical era to make his ideas, principles, and dreams count."

He appeared on the cover of Time on August 11, 1941, and in that issue Time assessed Welles' role within Hull's Department of State:

Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
is one of the very few career men ever to become Under Secretary of State, and as matters now stand may eventually become Secretary.... This week Cordell Hull
Cordell Hull
returned to Washington to resume his duties. He had been absent, in ill health, six weeks. But his return should not change matters greatly. Grave, saintly Mr. Hull, never an expert at paper-shuffling, has long left the actual administration of the Department to his chief aide, Sumner Welles. And Cordell Hull
Cordell Hull
may choose not to retire. But even if Welles never becomes Secretary, he will still hold his present power: through Presidential choice, his own ability, background and natural stamina, he is the chief administrative officer of U.S. foreign policy.

Roosevelt was always close to Welles and made him the central figure in the State Department , much to the chagrin of secretary Cordell Hull , who could not be removed because he had a powerful political base.

A later report, after they were no longer working together at the State Department, regretted the fact that two men who shared "aims and goals" were at odds because of a "clash of temperament and ambitions".

The clash became more public in mid-1943, when Time reported "a flare-up of long-smoldering hates and jealousies in the State Department".


In September 1940, Welles accompanied Roosevelt to the funeral of former Speaker of the House William B. Bankhead in Huntsville, Alabama . While returning to Washington by train, Welles solicited sex from two African-American Pullman car porters. Cordell Hull
Cordell Hull
dispatched his confidant, former ambassador William Bullitt , to provide details of the incident to Republican Senator Owen Brewster of Maine. Brewster in turn gave the information to journalist Arthur Krock , a Roosevelt critic, and to Senators Styles Bridges and Burton K. Wheeler
Burton K. Wheeler
. When FBI
Director J. Edgar Hoover would not release the file on Welles, Brewster threatened to initiate a Senatorial investigation into the incident. Roosevelt was embittered by the attack on his friend, believing they were ruining a good man, but he was obliged to accept Welles' resignation in 1943. FDR particularly blamed Bullitt.

In August 1943, reports that Welles had resigned as Under-Secretary of State circulated for more than a week. The press reported it as fact on August 24 despite the lack of an official announcement. Writing in The New York Times, Arthur Krock said that opinion in Washington saw Welles' departure as an attempt to end factionalism in the State Department: "The long-existing struggle disorganized the department, bred Hull and Welles factions among its officials, confused those having business with the department and finally produced pressure on the President to eliminate the causes." Despite the "personal fondness" of the President and his wife for Welles, he continued, the President sided with Hull because supporting a subordinate would promote revolts in other government agencies, Hull was politically connected and popular with Congress, and the Senate, he was told, would not support Welles for Secretary of State or any other office. Krock added a cryptic explanation: "Other incidents arising made the disagreements between the two men even more personal. It was those which aroused the Senate to opposition to Mr. Welles that was reported to the President." "The U.S. still awaits a clarification of its foreign policy and the forced resignation of Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
made an already murky issue even more obscure." TIME, September 6, 1943

While Welles vacationed in Bar Harbor, Maine , "where he held to diplomatically correct silence", speculation continued for another month without official word from the White House or the State Department. Observers continued to focus on the Hull-Welles relationship and believed that Hull forced the President to choose between them to end "departmental cleavage". Others read the situation politically and blamed FDR's "appeasement of Southern Democrats ". Without confirming his resignation or speaking on the record, Welles indicated he would accept any new assignment the President proposed. Finally on September 26, 1943, the President announced the resignation of Welles and the appointment of Edward R. Stettinius as the new Under-Secretary of State. He accepted Welles' resignation with regret and explained that Welles was prompted to leave government service because of "his wife's poor health." Welles' letter of resignation was not made public as was customary and, one report concluded, "The facts of this situation remained obscure tonight." Time summarized the reaction of the press: "Its endorsement of Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
was surprisingly widespread, its condemnation of Franklin Roosevelt and Cordell Hull
Cordell Hull
surprisingly severe." It also described the resignation's impact: "In dropping Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
had dropped the chief architect of the US's Good Neighbor Policy in South America, an opponent of those who would do business with Fascists on the basis of expediency, a known and respected advocate of U.S. cooperation in international affairs. The U.S. still awaits a clarification of its foreign policy and the forced resignation of Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
made an already murky issue even more obscure."


Welles made his first public appearance following his resignation in October 1943. Speaking to the Foreign Policy Association , he sketched his views of the post-war world, including American participation in a world organization with military capability. He also proposed the creation of regional organizations. He also called on the President to express his opinions and help shape public opinion, praising the President at length-"rightly regarded throughout the world as the paladin of the forces of liberal democracy"-without once mentioning Secretary of State Hull. Continuing his career-long focus on Latin America, he said that "if we are to achieve our own security every nation of the Western Hemisphere must also obtain the same ample measure of assurance as ourselves in the world of the future". He also foresaw the end to colonialism as a guiding principle of the new world order:

Can the peaceful, the stable, and the free world for which we hope be created if it is envisioned from the outset as half slave and half free?-if hundreds of millions of human beings are told that they are destined to remain indefinitely under alien subjection? New and powerful nationalistic forces are breaking into life throughout the earth, and in particular in the vast regions of Africa, of the Near East, and of the Far East. Must not these forces, unless they are to be permitted to start new and devastating inundations, be canalized through the channels of liberty into the great stream of constructive and cooperative human endeavor?

In 1944, Welles lent his name to a fund-raising campaign by the United Jewish Appeal to bring Jewish refugees from the Balkans to Palestine. Confidential expose March 3, 1956

That same year he authored The Time for Decision. His proposals for the war's end included modifications in Germany's borders to transfer East Prussia
East Prussia
to Poland and to extend Germany's eastern border to include German-speaking populations further east. Then he suggested dividing Germany into three states, all of which would be included in a new European customs union. A politically divided Germany would be integrated into an economically cohesive Europe. He also "favoured the transfer of populations to bring ethnic distributions into conformity with international boundaries." With the public engaged in the debate over America's post-war role, The Time for Decision sold half a million copies.

Welles became a prominent commentator and author on foreign affairs. In 1945, he joined the American Broadcasting Company to guide the organization of the " Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
Peace Forum", a series of four radio broadcasts providing expert commentary on the San Francisco Conference , which wrote the founding document of the United Nations
United Nations
. He undertook a project to edit a series of volumes on foreign relations for Harvard University Press .

In 1948, Welles authored We Need Not Fail, a short book that first presented a history and evaluated the competing claims to Palestine . He argued that American policy should insist on the fulfillment of the 1947 promise of the United Nations
United Nations
General Assembly to establish two independent states within an economic union, policed by a United Nations force. He criticized American officials whose obsession with Russia required submission to Arab and oil interests. Enforcing the decision of the U.N. was his overarching concern, because it was an opportunity to establish the organization's role on the international stage that no other interest could trump.

Later that year, the American Jewish Congress presented Welles with a citation that praised his "courageous championing of the cause of Israel among the nations of the world".

In early December 1948, Welles appeared before HUAC as part of its investigation into allegations between Whittaker Chambers
Whittaker Chambers
and Alger Hiss (part of the Hiss Case). Later in the month (and after the death of his friend Laurence Duggan ), he suffered a serious heart attack.

In April 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy repeatedly charged that the Institute of Pacific Relations or IPR, an organization that fostered the study of the Far East and the Pacific, was a Communist front. Welles was a member of IPR's American branch.

He remained always in the public eye. For example, his departure on the Île de France for Europe was noted even as he declined to comment on charges made by Senator Joseph McCarthy about Communists in the State Department.

He sold his estate outside Washington in 1952, and Oxon Hill Manor then became the home of a "huge collection of Americana".

In 1956, Confidential , a scandal magazine, published a report of the 1940 Pullman incident and linked it to his resignation from the State Department, along with additional instances of inappropriate sexual behavior or drunkenness. Welles explained the 1940 incident to his family as nothing more than drunken conversation with the train staff. His son Benjamin Welles, devoted to his father, wrote of the incident in his father's biography as drunken advances to several porters at about 4 a.m. that were rejected and subsequently reported to government and railway officials.


Welles home, the Townsend Mansion , taken in 2010

On April 14, 1915, Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
married Esther "Hope" Slater of Boston, the sister of a Harvard roommate, in Webster, Massachusetts
. She came from a similarly prominent family that owned a textile empire based in Massachusetts. She was descended from industrialist Samuel Slater and granddaughter of the Boston painter William Morris Hunt . Welles and his wife had two sons:

* Benjamin Welles (1916–2002), a foreign correspondent for The New York Times , later his father's biographer, * Arnold Welles (1918–2002)

In 1923, Slater obtained a divorce from Welles in Paris
"on grounds of abandonment and refusal to live with his wife."

Welles occasionally gained public notice for his art dealings. In 1925, for example, he sold a collection of Japanese screens that had been on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
for several years. Mathilde Townsend, second wife of Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles

On June 27, 1925, Welles married Mathilde Scott Townsend (1885–1949), "a noted international beauty" whose portrait had been painted by John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent
, in upstate New York. Until World War II, the Welles' lived on Massachusetts
Avenue in Washington, D.C., in the landmark Townsend Mansion, which later became the home of the Cosmos Club
Cosmos Club
. Mathilde died of peritonitis in 1949 while vacationing in Switzerland with Welles.

Welles spent the bulk of his time a few miles outside of Washington in the Maryland countryside at a 49-room "country cottage" known as Oxon Hill Manor designed for him by Jules Henri de Sibour and built on a 245-acre property in 1929. He entertained foreign dignitaries and diplomats there and hosted informal meetings of senior officials. FDR used the site as an occasional escape from the city as well.

On January 8, 1952, Welles married Harriette Appleton Post, a childhood friend, in New York City
New York City
at the bride's home on Fifth Avenue .

Although the two men were occasionally mistaken for cousins, Welles was no relation to director Orson Welles .

He died on September 24, 1961 at age 68 in Bernardsville, New Jersey . He is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.


Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
, who made the phrase " No comment " famous, cited Welles as his source for the cryptic response.

Welles' papers are held by the National Archives at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York .


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* ^ Welles' father studied at the Groton School
Groton School
in Groton, Massachusetts
and graduated from Harvard University in 1878. His sister was Emily Frances Welles (1889–1962), who married Harry Pelham Robbins. The New York Times: "Miss Emily Welles a Bride", April 23, 1908, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ Donna H. Siemiatkoski, The Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut, 1590–1658, and His Wife, Alice Tomes (Gateway Press, 1990) * ^ Devine, Michael J. (February 2000). "Welles, Sumner (14 Oct. 1892-24 Sept. 1961)". www.anb.org. Oxford University Press: American National Biography Online. Archived from the original on 9 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017. * ^ A B C D TIME: Foreign Relations: Diplomat\'s Diplomat", August 11, 1941, accessed November 10, 2010 * ^ LIFE, April 26, 1943 available online, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O The New York Times: Harold B. Hinton, "Welles: Our Man of the Hour in Cuba", August 20, 1933, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ A B C D The New York Times: James B. Reston, "Acting Secretary", August 3, 1941, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ Benjamin Welles, Global Strategist, ch. 9: Crisis in Honduras, 1923" * ^ Nancy Peckenham and Annie Street, Honduras: Portrait of a Captive Nation (New York: Praeger, 1985), 62ff.; Lester D. Langley, The banana wars: United States
United States
intervention in the Caribbean, 1898-1934 (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1983), 172ff. * ^ TIME: "Foreign News: Honduran Strife", April 21, 1924, accessed November 10, 2010; TIME: "Foreign News: Revolutions", April 28, 1924, accessed November 10, 2010; TIME: "Foreign News: Revolt Ends?", September 15, 1924, accessed November 10, 2010 * ^ A B C The New York Times: "Mrs. Welles Dies; Statesman\'s Wife", August 9, 1949, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ In the Bible's Books of Kings , Naboth was stoned to death for refusing to surrender his vineyard to Ahab . * ^ Rafael Guas Inclan to Antonio Rafael de la Cova, Feb. 22, 1975 * ^ See Hugh Thomas , Cuba
or The Pursuit of Freedom (New York: Harper & Row, 1971), Justo Carrillo, Cuba
1933: Students, Yankees, and Soldiers (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1994), Ricardo Adam y Silva, La Gran Mentira 4 Septiembre 1933 (Santo Domingo: Editora Corripio, 1986), Enrique Ros, La Revolucion de 1933 (Miami: Ediciones Universal, 2005) and Luis E. Aguilar, Cuba
1933: Prologue to Revolution (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1972). * ^ TIME: "The Cabinet: Double Upping", May 31, 1937, accessed November 9, 2010 * ^ Morrison, David (1999). Heroes, Antiheroes, and the Holocaust. Jerusalem, New York: Gefen Publishing House . p. 128. ISBN 965-229-210-9 . * ^ The New York Times: "Sailing for Pan-American Conference", September 16, 1939, accessed November 11, 2010; The New York Times: "Text of Address by Welles Before Inter-American Parley at Panama", September 26, 1939, accessed November 11, 2010; The New York Times: "Welles for Loans to Latin Americas", September 28, 1939, accessed November 11, 2010 * ^ TIME
: "Foreign Relations: Peace Moves", March 18, 1940, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ Dennis J. Dunn, Caught between Roosevelt & Stalin: America's Ambassadors to Moscow (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1998) , 118 available online, accessed November 9, 2010 * ^ The New York Times: Bertram D. Hulen, "U.S. Lashes Soviet for Baltic Seizure", July 24, 1940, accessed November 9, 2010 * ^ John Hiden, Vahur Made, David J. Smith, The Baltic Question during the Cold War, 39 * ^ Edward Moore Bennett, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Victory (Rowman & Littlefield, 1990), 47 available online, accessed November 9, 2010 * ^ Dennis J. Dunn, Caught between Roosevelt & Stalin: America's Ambassadors to Moscow (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1998), 118 available online, accessed November 9, 2010 * ^ TIME: Cover, August 11, 1941, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ The New York Times: Anne O\'Hare McCormick , "Abroad: The Changes in the State Department", September 27, 1943, accessed November 9, 2010 * ^ TIME: "Foreign Relations: A House Divided", August 23, 1943, accessed November 9, 2010 * ^ Benjamin Welles, Global Strategist, 273–4. The story has been recounted in many histories. For additional insight and context see Larry Tye , Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class (New York: Henry Holt The New York Times: "People Who Read and Write", April 22, 1945, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ The New York Times: Crane Brinton, " Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
on Palestine", June 13, 1948, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ The New York Times: " Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
Honored", November 18, 1948, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ Weinstein, Allen (1978). Perjury. Knopf. pp. 274, 303–304. * ^ The New York Times: "Letters to the Times", April 14, 1950, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ The New York Times: " Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
Off for Stay in Europe", May 5, 1950, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ The New York Times: "Civil War Exhibit is Set for Capital", October 25, 1959, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ Welles, Benjamin (1997). Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist. St. Martin's Press. pp. 370–1. ISBN 0312174403 . * ^ A B Bohlen, Celestine (January 4, 2002). "Benjamin Welles, Biographer And Journalist, Is Dead at 85". The New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2017. * ^ A B C The New York Times: No title, June 29, 1925, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ The New York Times: "Mrs. Ester Slater Dies in Florida at 59", September 8, 1951, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ The New York Times: "Welles\'s Collection of Screens on Sale", February 15, 1925 accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ Mathilde had been married as her first husband, Peter Goelet Gerry , the son of Elbridge Thomas Gerry (1837–1927) and Louisa Matilda Livingston, and the great grandson of Elbridge Gerry (1744–1814), the fifth Vice President of the United States
United States
, from 1910 to 1925. She was the granddaughter of William Lawrence Scott , a Pennsylvania railroad and coal magnate, who was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 27th district. Her father, Richard H. Townsend, was the President of the Erie and Pittsburgh Railroad , and her mother, Mary Scott Townsend, one of Washington's social leaders, known for her elegant entertaining who had hired the New York architectural firm Carrère and Hastings to build the Townsend Mansion, located in the Dupont Circle Historic District. Richard had died shortly after the house was completed, but she continued to live there until her death in 1931. * ^ The New York Times: George W. Oakes, "Washington Walking Tour", September 10, 2010, accessed November 8, 2010. The building was leased to the Canadian Women's Army Corps. The Cosmos Club
Cosmos Club
purchased the building from Mrs. Welles' estate in 1950. She left Welles $200,000 in her will. * ^ A B Nathania A. Branch Miles, Jane Taylor Thomas, Oxon Hill, Images of America Series (Charleston, CA: Arcadia Publishing , 2006), 12 * ^ UPI: "Franklin Roosevelt"; photo of Oxon Hill, 1960, accessed November 8, 2010; the building was later under consideration to become the official home of the vice-president of the U.S. * ^ The New York Times: " Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
Weds Mrs. Post", January 9, 1952, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ Her paternal grandfather was architect George B. Post , who designed the New York Stock Exchange . She had previously married and divorced twice, and had resumed the use of her maiden name. * ^ Orson Welles in Italy by Alberto Anile and Marcus Perryman. Indiana University Press (September 25, 2013), ISBN 0253010411 , page 26 * ^ The New York Times: "Memorial Service is Held for Welles", September 30, 1961, accessed November 10, 2010 * ^ "Sumner Welles". Find a Grave . Retrieved November 8, 2010. * ^ The New York Times: William Safire , "It Is What It Is", March 5, 2006, accessed November 8, 2010 * ^ National Archives: " Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
Papers, 1909 - 1989", accessed November 8, 2010


* Michael J. Devine, "Welles, Sumner" in American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), v. 23 available online * Gellman, Irwin F., Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles
Sumner Welles
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), ISBN 1-929631-11-1 * Hoopes, Townsend and Brinkley, Douglas, FDR and the Creation of the U.N. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997), ISBN 0-300-08553-2 * O'Sullivan, Christopher D., Sumner Welles, Postwar Planning, and the Quest for a New World Order, 1937–1943 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, available online, ISBN 0-231-14258-7 * Welles, Benjamin, Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist: A Biography, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
Institute Series on Diplomatic and Economic History (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997), ISBN 0-312-17440-3


* Kapcia, A., "The Siege of the Hotel Nacional, Cuba, 1933: A Reassessment" in Journal of Latin American Studies v. 34 (2002), 283–309 * Lazo, Mario, Dagger in the Heart: American Policy Failures in Cuba (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1968) * Phillips, R. Hart, Cuban Side Show, 2nd ed. (Havana: Cuban Press, 1935) * Phillips, R. Hart, Cuba, Island of Paradox (New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1959) * Thomas, Hugh, Cuba
or The Pursuit of Freedom (New York: Harper " rowspan="1">Preceded by Harry F. Guggenheim UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO CUBA 1933 Succeeded by Jefferson Caffery


Preceded by William Phillips UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE 1936–1943 Succeeded by Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.

* v * t * e

United States
United States
Under Secretaries of State

* Frank Polk * Norman H. Davis * Henry P. Fletcher * William Phillips * Joseph Grew
Joseph Grew
* Robert E. Olds * J. Reuben Clark * Joseph P. Cotton * William R. Castle Jr. * William Phillips * Sumner Welles * Edward Stettinius Jr. * Joseph Grew
Joseph Grew
* Dean Acheson * Robert A. Lovett
Robert A. Lovett
* James E. Webb * David K. E. Bruce * Walter Bedell Smith * Herbert Hoover Jr.
Herbert Hoover Jr.
* Christian Herter * C. Douglas Dillon
C. Douglas Dillon
* Chester Bowles * George Ball * Nicholas Katzenbach * Elliot Richardson
Elliot Richardson
* John N. Irwin, II

* v * t * e

Cuba– United States
United States


* Spanish–American War
Spanish–American War
* Teller Amendment * Platt Amendment


* Cuban–American Treaty of Relations (1903) * First Occupation * Second Occupation * Sugar Intervention * Hay-Quesada Treaty (1925) * Cuban–American Treaty of Relations (1934)



* Brothers to the Rescue * Balseros (rafters) * Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba
* Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations * Cuban-American lobby * Cuban Five * Luis Posada Carriles


* Bay of Pigs Invasion * Cuban Missile Crisis * Cuban Project * Elián González affair * Cuba–