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Ambassadors of the United States

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  • Henry A. Peirce (1808 - 1885)
    Henry Augustus Peirce (1808–1885) was an American businessman and diplomat. Some sources spell his last name as Pierce. Early life and business He was born in Dorchester Massachusetts (now...
  • Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., Maj. General, U.S. Ambassador (1897 - 1961)
    . Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr. (1897–1961), also known as A. J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. or Tony Biddle, was a wealthy socialite who became a diplomat of the United States, and served in the Un...
  • James Hillary Mulligan (1844 - 1915)
    James Hillary Mulligan (November 21, 1844 - July 1, 1915) was a judge, politician, and poet from Kentucky. Biography Mulligan was born in Lexington, Kentucky, son of the locally prominent busines...
  • Elijah Hise (1802 - 1867)
    Elijah Hise (4 July 1802 – 8 May 1867) was a United States diplomat and U.S. Representative from the 3rd district of Kentucky. Hise was born 4 July 1802 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania bef...
  • James Brown Clay (1817 - 1864)
    James Brown Clay (November 9, 1817 – January 26, 1864) was a Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky. Born in Washington, D.C., while his father...

Ambassadors of the United States

Ambassadors of the United States to individual nations of the world, to international organizations, to past nations, and ambassadors-at-large are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Ambassadors

An ambassador can be appointed during a recess of the Senate, but can serve only to the end of the next session of Congress unless subsequently confirmed by the Senate. Ambassadors serve "at the pleasure of the President," which means that they can be dismissed at any time.


An ambassador may be a career foreign service officer or a political appointee. In most cases, U.S. ambassadors who are career foreign service officers serve a tour of approximately three years in a foreign post. Ambassadors who are political appointees will customarily tender their resignations upon inauguration of a new President. As embassies fall within the Department of State, ambassadors answer to the Secretary of State

Past Ambassadors


Current U.S. Ambassadors

Current Ambassadors to International Organizations

Current Ambassadors At-Large

Ambassadors killed in office