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Ambassadors of the United States

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  • William Burnet Kinney (1799 - 1880)
    William Burnet Kinney (1799-1880) was an American politician and diplomat. His grandfather, Sir Thomas Kinney, came to the United States from England before the Revolution to explore the mineral re...
  • John R. Bolton
    John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948) is an American lawyer and diplomat who has served in several Republican administrations. Bolton served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from Au...
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    Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad (Pashto: زلمی خلیلزاد Zalmay Khalīlzād; born March 22, 1951) is a former American di...
  • Cassius Marcellus Clay "The Lion of White Hall", Gen. (USA) (1810 - 1903)
    ) Cassius Marcellus Clay (October 19, 1810 – July 22, 1903), nicknamed "The Lion of White Hall", was an emancipationist from Madison County, Kentucky, United States. He was a cousin of Henry C...
  • Samuel Shellabarger, U.S. Congress (1817 - 1896)
    Samuel Shellabarger, a Representative from Ohio; born near Enon, Clark County, Ohio, on December 10, 1817; attended the county schools and was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1841; ...

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