William Chapman Foster

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William Chapman Foster
1st Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
In office
President John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Gerard C. Smith
3rd United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
In office
September 24, 1951 – January 20, 1953
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Robert A. Lovett
Succeeded by Roger M. Kyes
Under Secretary of Commerce
In office
President Harry S. Truman
Personal details
Born (1897-04-27)April 27, 1897
Westfield, New Jersey
Died October 15, 1984(1984-10-15) (aged 87)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican

William Chapman Foster (April 27, 1897 – October 15, 1984) was an American businessman and high-ranking government official. He served as United States Under Secretary of Commerce and United States Deputy Secretary of Defense under President Harry Truman. Later, he served as the first United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency director, under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.


  • Arlington National Cemetery

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