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Ambassadors of the United States

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  • Francis P. Matthews (1887 - 1952)
    Francis Patrick Matthews (March 15, 1887 – October 18, 1952) was an American who served as the 8th Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from 1939 to 1945, the 50th United States Secretary of the...
  • Amy Gutmann
    President of the University of PennsylvaniaU.S. ambassador to Germany
  • Dr. David Hilton Wheeler (1829 - 1902)
    David Hilton Wheeler (November 18, 1829 – June 18, 1902) was a 19th-century American academic, newspaperman and college president, and also served as the US ambassador to Italy under the Lincoln admi...
  • Edward Aubrey Clark (1906 - 1992)
    Edward A. Clark, lawyer, banker, and diplomat, was born on July 15, 1906, in San Augustine, Texas, to John and Lelia (Downs) Clark. He attended Southwestern University before finishing his undergraduat...
  • William Womack Heath (1903 - 1971)
    William Womack Heath, (December 7, 1903 – June 22, 1971), was an American lawyer, educator, and diplomat. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

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