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Charles MacVeagh

Death: Died
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Son of Wayne MacVeagh, U.S. Attorney General and Virginia Rolette Cameron
Husband of Fanny Davenport Rogers
Father of Lincoln MacVeagh; Rogers MacVeagh; Ewen Cameron MacVeagh; Charles MacVeagh; Francis Wayne MacVeagh and 1 other

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About Charles MacVeagh

Charles MacVeagh (June 6, 1860 – December 4, 1931) was an American lawyer and diplomat. He served as United States Ambassador to Japan from 1925 to 1928.

Early life

Charles MacVeagh was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania on June 6, 1860. He was the son of Wayne MacVeagh, who was Attorney General of the United States in the administration of President James Garfield.

Undergraduate study at Harvard University led to an AB degree in 1881. He earned a law degree at Columbia University in 1883; and he was admitted to the New York State Bar.


McVeagh was general solicitor and assistant general counsel of the United States Steel Corporation from 1901-1925.

President Calvin Coolidge named him Ambassador to Japan. He was commissioned Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary on September 24, 1925 during a recess of the Senate. He was recommissioned after his confirmation by the Senate on December 17, 1925. Ambassador MacVeagh presented his credentials to the Japanese government on December 9, 1925 and served until December 6, 1928.

After his return from Tokyo, he returned to the law in the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City.

Charles MacVeagh was the father of Lincoln MacVeagh, who served as United States ambassador to several nations under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.

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