Harry Dexter White

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Harry Dexter White

Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: August 16, 1948 (55)
Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Weit and Sarah Weit
Husband of Anne Terry White
Father of Private and Private

Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
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About Harry Dexter White


Harry Dexter White (October 9, 1892 – August 16, 1948) was a senior U.S. Treasury department official. Working closely with the Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., he helped set American financial policy toward the Allies of World War II while at the same time he passed numerous secrets to the Soviet Union, which was an American ally for part of the time and an adversary at other times.

He was the senior American official at the 1944 Bretton Woods conference that established the postwar economic order. He dominated the conference and imposed his vision of post-war financial institutions over the objections of John Maynard Keynes, the British representative. At Bretton Woods, White was a major architect of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

White was accused in 1948 of spying for the Soviet Union, which he adamantly denied. Although he was never a Communist party member, his status as a Soviet informant was later confirmed by declassified FBI documents related to the interception and decoding of Soviet communications, known as the Venona Project.

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Harry Dexter White's Timeline

October 9, 1892
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
August 16, 1948
Age 55
Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States