James Jeremiah Wadsworth (1905 - 1984)

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About James Jeremiah Wadsworth


James Jeremiah "Jerry" Wadsworth (June 12, 1905 – March 13, 1984)[1] was a U.S. diplomat. A member of the prominent Genesee Valley Wadsworths, he was a direct descendant of pioneer William Wadsworth, a founder of Hartford, Connecticut.

His great-grandfather, James S. Wadsworth, was a Union general in the American Civil War, killed in the Battle of the Wilderness of 1864. Both his grandfather, James Wolcott Wadsworth, and his father, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr., represented New York in Congress. His other grandfather was United States Secretary of State John Hay. His sister Evelyn was married to William Stuart Symington; they were the parents of James Wadsworth Symington, his nephew.

Wadsworth graduated from Yale University in 1927, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. Wadsworth was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1932 until 1941, when he resigned. He was later appointed by President Eisenhower as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, in which position he served from 1960 to 1961.


The Price of Peace, Praeger, 1961.

The Glass House, Praeger, 1966.

The Silver Spoon: An Autobiography, W. F. Humphrey Press (Geneva, NY), 1980.

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James Jeremiah Wadsworth, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations's Timeline

June 12, 1905
March 13, 1984
Age 78