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Ambassadors of the United States

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  • Richard F. Kneip, Governor of South Dakota (1933 - 1987)
    Richard Francis "Dick" Kneip (January 7, 1933 – March 9, 1987) was the 25th Governor of the U.S. state of South Dakota from 1971 until 1978. He was a member of the Democratic Party and the fir...
  • James Knight
    ) James A. Knight (born 1948) is the United States Ambassador to Chad, having been confirmed on May 23, 2013. He previously served as ambassador to Benin from 2009 to 2012. He speaks French and Portu...
  • Colonel Wickham Hoffman (USA) (1821 - 1900)
    Col. Hoffman was a lawyer by profession and was graduated from Harvard University with the class of '41. He served all through the civil war and was wounded at Port Hudson. In June 1866, he resigned ...
  • <private> Hormel
    James Catherwood Hormel (born January 1, 1933) is an American philanthropist and a former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg; appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1999, Hormel was the firs...
  • Frank Coombs, U.S. Congress (1853 - 1934)
    Frank Leslie Coombs, a Representative from California; born in Napa, Napa County, Calif., December 27, 1853; attended the public schools in California; attended the Dorchester High School, Boston, Ma...

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