Chandler Hale

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Chandler Hale

Chandler Hale (1873-1951) was a United States diplomat who served as Third Assistant Secretary of State from 1909 to 1913.


Chandler Hale was born in 1873, the son of Eugene Hale (who would serve as United States Senator from Maine from 1881 to 1911 as a Republican) and his wife, the former Mary Douglas Chandler, daughter of Zachariah Chandler. Chandler Hale's younger brother, Frederick Hale, was born in 1874.

In 1892, Hale was secretary to the U.S. delegation at the International Monetary Conference in Brussels.[1] Hale spent December 1894 through April 1895 touring Mexico and the Caribbean with Henry Adams.[2]

Shortly after graduating from college, in 1897, Hale became a Secretary at the United States Embassy in Rome.[3] From 1901 to 1902, he was secretary of legation at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, and then secretary of the embassy from 1902 to 1905.[4] In 1907, he served as secretary to the U.S. delegation to the Second Hague Conference.[4]

In 1909, President of the United States William Howard Taft named Hale Third Assistant Secretary of State, with Hale holding this office from October 14, 1909 until April 21, 1913.

Hale returned to the diplomatic field in 1914, serving in the United States Embassy in London as the official responsible for Austrian affairs.[5]

In 1929, Hale's wife, Rachel Cameron Hale, purchased Poplar Hill, an estate near Clinton, Maryland, which she renamed His Lordship's Kindness.[6]

Hale died in a hospital in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 1951.[7]


  1. ^ The Letters of Henry Adams, ed. Jacob C. Levenson et al. (Harvard University Press, 1988), Vol. IV, p. 132., n. 4
  2. ^ Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, ed. Jean Gooder (Penguin Books, 1995), p. iii.
  3. ^ "Two Ambassadors Named", New York Times, Apr. 2, 1897.
  4. ^ a b "Hale to be Knox's Aide; Senator's Son Succeeds Wm. Phillips as Third Assistant Secretary of State", New York Times, Oct. 8, 1909.
  5. ^ "Uncle Sam, Restaurateur", New York Times, Oct. 7, 1914.
  6. ^ Poplar Hill website.
  7. ^ "Chandler Hill", New York Times, May 24, 1951.
Government offices
Preceded by
William Phillips
Third Assistant Secretary of State
October 14, 1909 – April 21, 1913
Succeeded by
Dudley Field Malone