The Dulles Brothers

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The Dulles Brothers, John Foster and Allen Welsh Dulles were born into a power and influential family invited America’s highest political circle. The brothers served as diplomats and lawyers, having both attended Princeton University and George Washington Law School. Under the Eisenhower administration the brothers gained power within the United States with John Foster Dulles becoming the Secretary of State and Allen Dulles becoming the Director of Central Intelligence.
John Foster and Allen Welsh Dulles were born to third generation Presbyterian minister Allen Macy Dulles and his wife Edith Foster. John Foster and Allen Welsh were the eldest of the Dulles’ five children and received a strict Presbyterian upbringing in Watertown, New York.
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After graduating from Princeton in 1914, Allen Dulles went to India where taught English in a missionary school before returning to Princeton, where he earned his Master of Arts degree. With his degrees completed Allen Dulles entered into the diplomatic service which at the time was run by his uncle Robert Lansing. In the diplomatic service, Allen Dulles was first stationed in Vienna, Austria (1916) but was soon transferred to Bern, Switzerland (1917). In his time in the diplomatic service Allen Dulles would also go on to be stationed in Berlin, Germany (1919) and Istanbul, Turkey (1920). After Dulles’ station in Istanbul he returned to Washington D.C. where he attended George Washington Law School at night. Upon completing his degree, Allen Dulles decided to leave the diplomatic service, going to work with his brother John Foster Dulles at Sullivan & Cromwell. Dulles remained at the firm through the end of the 1920s and the 1930s. In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt sent Allen Dulles and Norman Davis to Europe as his emissaries. While in Europe, they meet with the Vice Chancellor of Germany who had recently come to power, Adolf …show more content…
As Secretary of State John Foster Dulles strongly believed that with the containment of communism peace could be maintained. In the Geneva Accords of 1954, John Foster Dulles represented the United States. During the conference he refused to recognise the Chinese and Viet Minh delegations, eventually rejecting the the Geneva Accords. Also in 1954, Dulles played an instrumental role in the creation of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), with the goal of preventing the spread of communism in the area. During his time as secretary of state John Foster Dulles addressed many foreign policy issues such as the Indochina crisis, the Hungarian Revolution and the Suez Canal crisis of 1956. As a part of the Suez Canal crisis John Foster Dulles was instrumental in creating the Eisenhower Doctrine. The Eisenhower Doctrine premised military or economic aid to Middle Eastern countries to aid them in resisting

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