The Georgetown Set

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Group.png The Georgetown Set
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FounderFrank Wisner
Membership• Dean Acheson
• Joseph Alsop
• Stewart Alsop
• James Angleton
• Richard Bissell
• Tracy Barnes
• Thomas W. Braden
• Chip Bohlen
• David Bruce
• Clark Clifford
• John Sherman Cooper
• Allen W. Dulles
• Desmond FitzGerald
• Felix Frankfurter
• Philip Graham
• William Averill Harriman
• George Kennan
• Cord Meyer
• John McCloy
• Paul Nitze
• James Reston
• Eugene Rostow
• Walt Rostow
• Frank Wisner
An informal group of party goers in Georgetown. Like-minded, anti-communists who were important in establishing the OPC and later the CIA.

The Georgetown Set was a group which played a part in the development of the US deep state, principally by creating the OPC and CIA.


The group has a considerable overlap with Skull and Bones. It lead to the creation of the OPC, which J. Edgar Hoover described as "Wisner's gang of weirdos".[1]


Frances Stonor Saunders, author of Who Paid the Piper: The CIA and the Cultural Cold War? (1999) observed that: "In long exchanges, heated by intellectual passion and alcohol, their vision of a new world order began to take shape. Internationalist, abrasive, competitive, these men had an unshakeable belief in their value system, and in their duty to offer it to others. They were the patricians of the modern age, the paladins of democracy, and saw no contradiction in that. This was the elite which ran American foreign policy and shaped legislation at home. Through think-tanks to foundations, directorates to membership of gentlemen's clubs, these mandarins were interlocked by their institutional affiliations and by a shared belief in their own superiority."[2]

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