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About Sir Michael Henry Herbert, KCMG CB PC

Sir Michael Henry Herbert, KCMG CB PC (25 June 1857–30 September 1903), was a British diplomat and ambassador.


Herbert was brought up at the family house at Wilton House, in Wiltshire. He joined the Diplomatic Service and was posted to Paris aged 21, on 1 June 1879, where he was appointed Third Secretary in March 1880 and Second Secretary in November 1883.

He was transferred to Washington DC on 31 August 1888, where he served as Secretary and twice acted as Chargé d'affaires. In September 1893 he transferred to The Hague, and in August the following year was promoted to Secretary of Embassy at Constantinople. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1896. Following a brief posting to Rome in 1897, he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary in Paris in 1898.

Herbert ended his career as the second British Ambassador to the USA from June 1902, in succession to Lord Pauncefote, who had died in office the previous month. He created with the U.S. Secretary of State John Hay a joint commission to establish the border between the U.S. district of Alaska and British interests in the Dominion of Canada, where gold had been found in the 1890s, which resulted in the definitive Alaskan boundary treaty of 1903. He was awarded the KCMG in 1902 for services during the Venezuela Crisis of 1902–1903.

He died of tuberculosis in Davos, Switzerland, aged 47. The town of Herbert in Saskatchewan, Canada, is named after him.

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