Douglas MacArthur II

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Douglas MacArthur II
United States Ambassador to Iran
In office
1969–1972
Preceded by Armin H. Meyer
Succeeded by Joseph S. Farland
United States Ambassador to Austria
In office
April 5, 1967 – September 16, 1969
Preceded by James W. Riddleberger
Succeeded by John P. Humes
United States Ambassador to Belgium
In office
1961–1965
Preceded by William A. M. Burden
Succeeded by Ridgway B. Knight
United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
February 25, 1957 – March 12, 1961
Preceded by John M. Allison
Succeeded by Edwin Reischauer
Personal details
Born (1909-07-05)July 5, 1909
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Died November 15, 1997(1997-11-15) (aged 88)
Washington, D.C.
Spouse(s) Laura Louise Barkley
Occupation Diplomat

Douglas MacArthur II (July 5, 1909 – November 15, 1997) was an American diplomat.

Ambassador to Japan, then Ambassador to Belgium, Assistant Secretary of State for congressional relations, Ambassador to Austria and then Ambassador to Iran. There, he escaped an attempted kidnapping. He retired in 1972.

Life[edit]

MacArthur was the son of Captain Arthur MacArthur III and Mary McCalla MacArthur daughter of Bowman H. McCalla grandaughter of Col Horace Binney Sargent, great grandaughter of Lucius Manlius Sargent and was named for his uncle, General Douglas MacArthur. He was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.[1]

He graduate from Milton Academy in Milton, Mass., and from Yale College, Class of 1932.[2] He served as an Army officer and then began his Foreign Service career in 1935 and was given a post in Vancouver, Canada. MacArthur worked with the French Resistance during World War II and was held as a prisoner of war for two years. He became chief of the State Department's Divison of Western European Affairs in 1949 and was Counselor of the State Department before becoming Ambassador to Japan.

He married Laura Louise Barkley on August 21, 1934, the daughter of future U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Later in his life, he served as U.S. ambassador to the following nations (years):

MacArthur died in Washington, D.C. in 1997.[1]

Related themes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pace, Eric (1997-11-17). "Douglas MacArthur 2d, 88, Former Ambassador to Japan". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  2. ^ nytimes.com1997/11/17/world/douuglas-macarthur-2nd88-former ambassador-to-japan.html
  3. ^ Ambassadors to Japan
  4. ^ Ambassadors to Belgium
  5. ^ Ambassadors to Austria
  6. ^ Ambassadors to Iran

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John M. Allison
U.S. Ambassador to Japan
1957 – 1961
Succeeded by
Edwin Reischauer
Preceded by
William A. M. Burden
U.S. Ambassador to Belgium
1961 – 1965
Succeeded by
Ridgway B. Knight
Preceded by
James W. Riddleberger
U.S. Ambassador to Austria
1967 – 1969
Succeeded by
John P. Humes
Preceded by
Armin H. Meyer
U.S. Ambassador to Iran
1969 – 1972
Succeeded by
Joseph S. Farland
Government offices
Preceded by
Fred Dutton
Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
March 14, 1965 – March 6, 1967
Succeeded by
William B. Macomber, Jr.