The Info List - Thomas K. Finletter

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Thomas Knight Finletter (November 11, 1893 – April 24, 1980), was an American lawyer, politician, and statesman.


1 Biography 2 Book 3 Political and Professional Affiliations 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References

Biography[edit] Finletter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas Dickson Finletter and Helen Grill Finletter. He took his early education at The Episcopal Academy
The Episcopal Academy
in Philadelphia
and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania
with both Bachelor of Arts degree in 1915 and bachelor of laws in 1920. He also served as editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania
Law Review. In World War I, he served with the 312th Field Artillery advancing to the rank of captain. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania
bar in 1920 and the New York Bar in 1921. Finletter practiced law in New York until he began his government service in 1941, as a special assistant to Secretary of State Cordell Hull on international economic affairs. In 1943, he was appointed executive director and later deputy director of the Office of Foreign Economic Coordinator (OFEC). In this post, he was in charge of planning economic activities related to liberated areas and was in control of matters of foreign exchange and matters relating to the operations of the Alien Property Custodian. Finletter resigned his post in 1944, when the functions of OFEC were absorbed by the newly created Foreign Economic Administration. In 1945, Finletter acted as consultant at the United Nations Conference on International Organization at San Francisco. In the same year he was a cosigner of the “Declaration of the Dublin, N.H., Conference”, a declaration on world peace issued by the Dublin Conference on World Peace. The declaration stated that the United Nations
United Nations
was inadequate to maintain world peace, and advocated a world federal government. He returned to public service July 18, 1947, when President Harry S. Truman established a temporary, five-man commission that inquired into all phases of aviation and drafted the national air policy report. This commission was sometimes known as “The Finletter Commission”. Finletter served as chairman of the Air Policy Commission which, on January 1, 1948, sent to the president the report entitled “Survival in the Air Age.” Finletter was chief of the Economic Cooperation Administration’s mission to the United Kingdom with headquarters in London, to which he had been appointed early in 1949. President Truman appointed Finletter as the second Secretary of the Air Force succeeding Stuart Symington
Stuart Symington
on April 24, 1950, in which office he served until January 20, 1953. In 1958 Finletter was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate from New York. He won the support of some liberal reformers, prominently including Eleanor Roosevelt[1] Finletter was chosen as the Liberal Party's candidate, but the Democratic Convention preferred Frank Hogan. Finletter then withdrew from the Liberal ticket, endorsing Hogan.[2] President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
appointed Finletter to be the Ambassador to NATO in 1961. He served in that office until 1965. In 1965 he retired from government service and returned to his law practice with the firm of Coudert Brothers, in New York City. Thomas K. Finletter
Thomas K. Finletter
died April 24, 1980. The Thomas K. Finletter School
Thomas K. Finletter School
in Philadelphia
is named after Mr. Finletter's grandfather.[3] Book[edit]

Interim Report on the U.S. Search for a Substitute for Isolation, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., New York: 1968

Political and Professional Affiliations[edit]

Americans for Democratic Action Council on Foreign Relations United World Federalists Delta Phi

See also[edit]

United States Air Force portal

Pace-Finletter MOU 1952


^ http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/myday/displaydoc.cfm?_y=1958&_f=md004182 ^ https://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40C17F6345B1A7493CBAB1783D85F4C8585F9 ^ [1]


U.S. Air Force official biography at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived February 10, 2004) The Truman Library The Political Graveyard U.S. Air Force, The Air and Space Power Journal Declaration of the Dublin, N.H., Conference Television News Archive, Vanderbilt University

Political offices

Preceded by Stuart Symington United States Secretary of the Air Force 1950–1953 Succeeded by Harold E. Talbott

Diplomatic posts

Preceded by William Draper United States Ambassador to NATO 1961–1965 Succeeded by Harlan Cleveland

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United States Secretaries of the Air Force

Symington Finletter Talbott Quarles Douglas Sharp Zuckert Brown Seamans McLucas Reed Stetson Mark Orr Rourke Aldridge Rice Widnall Peters Roche Wynne Donley James Wilson

United States Under Secretary of the Air Force

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United States Permanent Representatives to NATO

William H. Draper Jr. John C. Hughes George W. Perkins Warren R. Burgess Thomas K. Finletter Harlan Cleveland Robert F. Ellsworth David M. Kennedy Donald Rumsfeld David K. E. Bruce Robert Strausz-Hupé William T. Bennett David M. Abshire Alton G. Keel Jr. William Howard Taft IV Reginald Bartholomew Robert E. Hunter Alexander Vershbow R. Nicholas Burns Victoria Nuland Kurt Volker Ivo Daalder Douglas Lute Kay Bailey Hutchison

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 30814539 LCCN: n79059318 ISNI: 0000 0001 1050 4753 GND: 1055396438 SELIBR: 317518 SUDOC: 081486715 NDL: 00521