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Ambassadors of the United States

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  • Christopher Van Hollen (1922 - 2013)
    Christopher Van Hollen Sr. (September 23, 1922 – January 30, 2013) was an American member of the United States Foreign Service who served as the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the M...
  • Edward Savage Crocker, II (1895 - 1968)
    U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. He was appointed in 1948 and served from 1949 to 1952.
  • Clifton R. Breckinridge, (CSA), U.S. Congress (1846 - 1932)
    Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (November 22, 1846 – December 3, 1932) was a Democratic alderman, congressman, diplomat, businessman and veteran of the Confederate Army and Navy. He was a member of...
  • Richard Rush, U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of the Treasury (1780 - 1859)
    Richard Rush (August 29, 1780 – July 30, 1859) was United States Attorney General under James Madison and United States Secretary of the Treasury under John Quincy Adams as well as John Quincy...
  • Carol Laise (1917 - 1991)
    Carol Laise (November 14, 1917 – July 25, 1991) was an American civil servant, ambassador to Nepal and the first female Assistant Secretary of State.

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.


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