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William Phillips

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death: February 23, 1968 (89)
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, United States
Place of Burial: Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Charles Phillips, jr; Martha Ann Phillips and Anna Phillips
Husband of Caroline Astor Phillips
Father of William Phillips, Jr.; Beatrice Drayton Strauss; Drayton Phillips; Christopher Phillips and Anne C. Phillips
Brother of Maj. John Charles Phillips, III; Anna Tucker Bolling; Martha Robeson Peters and George Wendell Phillips

Occupation: Ambassador
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About Ambassador WIlliam Phillips

US Ambassador WIlliam Phillips http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Phillips_(diplomat)

"Phillips was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard College in 1900 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1903. His first political job was working as a secretary in London to Joseph Hodges Choate, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Choate was a friend of Phillips' family and also from Massachusetts.

Phillips subsequently went to work for the Ambassador to China in Beijing. In 1908, while in China, he was assigned to set up the State Department's Division of Far Eastern Affairs and was made its first chief. In 1909 he returned to work in London.

In 1917, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson and remained in that position until 1920, when he was made the Minister Plenipotentiary to Netherlands and Luxembourg (in residence in the Netherlands).[1]

From 1922 to 1924, he served as Under Secretary of State. In 1924, he was appointed as Ambassador to Belgium, where he remained until 1927, when he became the first Minister to Canada, until 1929.[1]

He served as Under Secretary of State again from 1933 to 1936.[1]

In 1936, he was appointed as the Ambassador to Italy (which was then led by Benito Mussolini), in the immediate aftermath of that country's invasion of Ethiopia. He resigned on October 6, 1941. The following year, he was made chief of the United States Office of Strategic Services in London.[1]

In October 1942, Phillips was appointed as a personal representative of Franklin D. Roosevelt, serving in India.[2] (The United States would not have an official Mission there until the country's Independence in 1947.) Phillips was said to be extremely unpopular with the British due to his pro-Independence views. In 1943, he was made as a Special Advisor on European political matters to then- General Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the rank of Ambassador.[1]

Phillips retired officially in 1944 but returned briefly to diplomatic life in 1945 when he was made a special assistant to Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. In 1946, he served on the Anglo-American Committee on Palestine, opposing the British plan for partitioning the country. In 1947, he was unsuccessful in mediating a border dispute between Siam and French Indo-China.[1]"


Phillips was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard College in 1900 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1903. His first political job was working as a secretary in London to Joseph Hodges Choate, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Choate was a friend of Phillips' family and also from Massachusetts.

Phillips subsequently went to work for the Ambassador to China in Beijing. In 1908, while in China, he was assigned to set up the State Department's Division of Far Eastern Affairs and was made its first chief. In 1909 however, he returned to work in London.

In 1917, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson and remained in that position until 1920, when he was made the Minister Plenipotentiary to Netherlands and Luxembourg (in residence in the Netherlands).

From 1922 to 1924, he served as Under Secretary of State. In 1924, he was appointed as Ambassador to Belgium, where he remained until 1927, when he became the first Minister to Canada, until 1929.

He served as Under Secretary of State again from 1933 to 1936.

In 1936, he was appointed as the Ambassador to Italy (which was then led by Benito Mussolini), in the immediate aftermath of that country's invasion of Ethiopia. He resigned on October 6, 1941. The following year, he was made chief of the United States Office of Strategic Services in London.

In October 1942, Phillips was appointed as a personal representative of Franklin D. Roosevelt, serving in India. (The United States would not have an official Mission there until the country's Independence in 1947.) Phillips was said to be extremely unpopular with the British due to his pro-Independence views. In 1943, he was made as a Special Advisor on European political matters to then- General Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the rank of Ambassador.

Phillips retired officially in 1944 but returned briefly to diplomatic life in 1945 when he was made a special assistant to Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. In 1946, he served on the Anglo-American Committee on Palestine, opposing the British plan for partitioning the country. In 1947, he was unsuccessful in mediating a border dispute between Siam and French Indo-China.

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Ambassador WIlliam Phillips's Timeline

1878
May 30, 1878
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
1914
1914
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1916
March 16, 1916
1920
1920
- 1922
Age 41
Netherlands
1924
1924
- 1927
Age 45
Luxemburg
1924
- 1927
Age 45
Belgium
1927
1927
- 1929
Age 48
Canada
1936
1936
- 1941
Age 57
Italy
1968
February 23, 1968
Age 89
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, United States
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