Townsend Hoopes

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Birthday
28, 1922
Birthplace
Duluth, MN
Death Date
Sep 20, 2004 (82)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
28, 1922
Birthplace
Duluth, MN
Death Date
Sep 20, 2004 (82)

About

An influential twentieth-century historian, he wrote the first detailed account of President Lyndon Johnson's decision to de-escalate the Vietnam War. During the late 1960s, he served as Under Secretary of the Air Force.

Before Fame

He attended Yale University, where he was the captain of the football team. He went on to serve in the Marine Corps during World War II.

Trivia

He is best known for his Bancroft Prize-winning historical book, The Devil and John Foster Dulles (1973).

Family Life

He was born in Duluth, Minnesota, where his father worked as a Great Lakes steamship executive. His second marriage, to Ann Merrifield, lasted four decades and produced a daughter. Previously, he had been married to Marion Schmidt, with whom he had two sons.

Associated With

A common topic of Hoopes' writing was the foreign policy of President Dwight Eisenhower.