Hugh Douglas Barclay

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Hugh Douglas Barclay (born 5 July 1932) was a long-time New York State Senator and a former United States Ambassador to El Salvador. He was born in Pulaski, New York, and earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. Barclay is married to the former Sara J. “Dee Dee” Seiter and they have five children; his sons include Will and David. They also have three daughters Katy,Dorothy, and Susan. Will is now a New York State Assemblyman.

The law library at the Syracuse University College of Law is named in his honor.[1]

Career[edit]

Being sworn-in as Ambassador by Deputy Sec. of State Richard Armitage as his wife Dee Dee looks on. November 12, 2003.

From 1961 until 2003, Barclay served as a partner for the upstate New York law firm of Hiscock & Barclay, a law firm that receives a tremendous amount of New York State funds, specializing in Banking and Administrative Law. From 1965 to 1984, Barclay served as a Republican New York State Senator, and held several positions, including Chairman of the Codes Committee, Chairman of the Select Task Force on Court Reorganization, and Chairman of the Senate Republican (Majority) Conference.

His appointment as Ambassador to El Salvador by George W. Bush was announced August 21, 2003, and the nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation on September 15. The Senate confirmed the nomination on October 3. He was sworn in as Ambassador on November 12, and presented his credentials to El Salvador’s President, Francisco Flores, on December 18. He had no prior diplomatic experience, but has donated more than $215,000 to GOP candidates, including $90,000 to George W. Bush in 2004. He completed his tour as Ambassador in July 2006.

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Henry Wise
New York State Senate, 43rd District
1965
Succeeded by
Lloyd Newcombe
Preceded by
Bryce Barden
New York State Senate, 50th District
1966
Succeeded by
Thomas Laverne
Preceded by
Lloyd Newcombe
New York State Senate, 43rd District
1967–1972
Succeeded by
Ronald Stafford
Preceded by
John H. Hughes
New York State Senate, 45th District
1973–1982
Succeeded by
Ronald Stafford
Preceded by
James H. Donovan
New York State Senate, 46th District
1983–1984
Succeeded by
John M. McHugh
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Rose M. Likins
United States Ambassador to El Salvador
13 December 2003–23 July 2006
Succeeded by
Charles L. Glazer