Entry from US English dictionary
(1891–1986), US diplomat and financier; full name William Averell Harriman. The chairman of the board of the Union Pacific Railroad 1932–46, he was US secretary of commerce 1946–48 and governor of New York 1955–59. He also served as ambassador to the Soviet Union 1943–46, to Britain 1946, and as ambassador-at-large 1968–69.
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