Robert Cutler

For the Canadian Liberal politician, see Robert Barry Cutler. For merchant and political figure in Nova Scotia, see Robert M. Cutler.
Robert Cutler
1st National Security Advisor
In office
March 23, 1953  April 2, 1955
President Dwight Eisenhower
Succeeded by Dillon Anderson
4th National Security Advisor
In office
January 7, 1957  June 24, 1958
President Dwight Eisenhower
Preceded by William Jackson
Succeeded by Gordon Gray
Personal details
Born (1895-06-12)June 12, 1895
Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died May 8, 1974(1974-05-08) (aged 78)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Harvard University
Harvard Law School

Robert Cutler (June 12, 1895 - May 8, 1974) was the first person appointed as the National Security Advisor to Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He served between 1953 and 1955, and again from 1957 to 1958.[1]


He was born on June 12, 1895 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Cutler's brother, Elliott Carr Cutler, was a professor at the Harvard Medical School and a surgeon. His maternal relatives, the Carrs, were a prominent political and mercantile family in Bangor, Maine

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School he became an attorney and bank executive in Boston, Massachusetts before taking public office. Cutler was also very involved with the Army during his career. He served as an infantry officer in World War I, and acted under Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson during World War II. Cutler was an amateur writer; he was Class Poet at Harvard, and authored two novels – Louisburg Square (1917) and The Speckled Bird (1923) – by the time he received his degree. An autobiography, No Time for Rest, was released in 1966.

He died on May 8, 1974 in Concord, Massachusetts.[1]


Further reading

Political offices
New office National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Dillon Anderson
Preceded by
William Jackson
National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Gordon Gray
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