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Paul C. Warnke Papers 2

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS337
The Paul C. Warnke Papers: Part 2 consist of material regarding the career of Paul C. Warnke. Included in the collection are document lists, files concerning Warnke's government service, documents related to the organizations to which Warnke belonged, texts of some of Warnke's oral presentations, publications, and a limited amount of correspondence to and from Warnke. The Paul C. Warnke Papers: Part 2 supplement the more extensive Paul C. Warnke Papers [Part 1] also preserved in the Georgetown University Library Special Collections Division.


  • 1959 - 1999

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2.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Paul C(ulliton) Warnke (1920-2001) was born on January 31, 1920, in Webster, Massachusetts, the son of Paul Martin Warnke and Lillian (Culliton) Warnke. After receiving and A.B. from Yale University in 1941, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres in World War II. Later, Warnke was awarded an L.L.B. from Columbia Law School in 1948. He was chief editor of the Columbia Law Review. On September 9, 1948, Warnke married Jean Farjeon Rowe. The couple had five children. Upon graduating from law school, Warnke practiced antitrust and trade regulations law for the Washington law firm of Covington and Burling. He became a partner in 1957. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Warnke general counsel for the defense department. Then, in July 1966, Warnke became assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, a post he held until 1969. Warnke spoke out against American policy in Vietnam, and he encouraged peace negotiations to end that conflict. Upon leaving government service in 1969, Warnke became a partner in Clifford, Warnke, Glass, McIlwain & Finney, another Washington law firm. Over time, Warnke became an expert on arms control issues vis-a-vis the Soviet Union. He favored mutual restraints in the arms race. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Warnke director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and chief American arms negotiator at the strategic arms limitations (SALT II) talks. In October 1978, Warnke resigned due to opposition by conservatives in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Warnke practiced law until 1991 with the firm later known as Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White. Warnke retired in the late 1990s, but he continued to do arms control consulting work. He was a former trustee of Georgetown and Columbia universities. Paul C. Warnke died on October 31, 2001, in Washington, D.C. at the age of 81.

[Sources: "Washington Post" 11/1/2001, p. B6; "Current Biography Yearbook: 1977" (New York: H.W. Wilson, 1977, p. 427).]
Paul C. Warnke Papers 2
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