Clarence E. Gauss

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Clarence Edward Gauss (January 12, 1887–1960) was an American diplomat. Gauss was born in Washington, D.C., as the son of Herman Gauss and Emile J. (Eisenman) Gauss. He married Rebecca Louise Barker in 1917. He was a Republican and a Protestant.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Foreign Service Officer for the United States Foreign Service; U.S. Vice Consul in Shanghai, 1912–15; U.S. Consul in Shanghai, 1916; Amoy, 1916–20; Tsinan, 1920–23; U.S. Consul General in Mukden, 1923–24; Tsinan, 1924–26; Shanghai, 1926–27, 1935–38; Tientsin, 1927–31; Paris, 1935; U.S. Minister to Australia, 1940–41; was the United States ambassador to the Republic of China before and during the Second World War. He resigned from the post in November 1944, and was replaced by Patrick Hurley.

Chronology[edit]

U.S. Vice Consul

U.S. Consul

  • Shanghai, 1916
  • Amoy, 1916–20
  • Tsinan, 1920–23

U.S. Consul General

  • Mukden, 1923–24
  • Tsinan, 1924–26
  • Shanghai, 1926–27, 1935–38
  • Tientsin, 1927–31
  • Paris, 1935
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Nelson T. Johnson
US Ambassador to China
1941–1944
Succeeded by
Patrick Hurley
Preceded by
first incumbent
U.S. Ambassador to Australia
1940-1941
Succeeded by
Nelson T. Johnson