Selden Chapin (1899 - 1963)

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About Selden Chapin

Selden Chapin (September 19, 1899 – March 26, 1963) was a career foreign service officer and United States diplomat.


Selden Chapin was born at Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1919 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1919 to 1925. He married Mary Paul Noyes, March 30, 1927.

He was appointed a foreign service officer in March 1925. He was the U. S. ambassador to Hungary, Iran, Netherlands, Peru and Panama. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

His son was Frederic L. Chapin, ambassador to Ethiopia and Guatemala. His niece and ward is Hope Cooke, wife of the former king of Sikkim.

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