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Rusk, Deanlocked

(09 February 1909–20 December 1994)
  • James H. Willbanks
  •  and Arthur T. Frame


Rusk, Dean (09 February 1909–20 December 1994), U.S. secretary of state, was born David Dean Rusk in rural Cherokee County, Georgia, the son of Robert Hugh Rusk, a former Presbyterian minister, small farmer, and schoolteacher, and Frances Clotfelter, a former schoolteacher. During his early boyhood, Rusk’s family moved to Atlanta, where his father became a mail carrier. Rusk graduated from Boys’ High School in Atlanta in 1925. He worked for two years as a general helper in a law office to earn money for his college education. In 1927 he entered Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude in 1931 with a bachelor of arts degree. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a master of arts degree in politics, economics, and philosophy in 1934....

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