Herter, Christian Archibald
- Vincent A. Lapomarda
Herter, Christian Archibald (28 March 1895–30 December 1966), governor of Massachusetts and U.S. secretary of state, was born in Paris, France, the son of Albert Herter and Adele McGinnis, artists and expatriates. Educated at the École Alsatienne in Paris (1901–1904), he went to New York City and studied at the Browning School (1904–1911) before entering Harvard, from which he graduated cum laude in 1915. He enrolled in Columbia University’s School of Architecture for a short time, then turned his attention to the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as an attaché in Berlin and Brussels in 1916 and was a special assistant for the Department of State when the United States became involved in World War I (1917–1918). In 1917 he married Mary Caroline Pratt, a wealthy heiress. They became the parents of four children....