James Jeremiah Wadsworth

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James Jeremiah Wadsworth
4th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Succeeded by Adlai Stevenson
Personal details
Born (1905-06-16)June 16, 1905
Groveland, New York[1]
Died March 13, 1984(1984-03-13) (aged 78)
Rochester, New York[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harty Griggs Tilton

James Jeremiah "Jerry" Wadsworth (June 12, 1905 – March 13, 1984)[1] was an American politician and diplomat from New York.


A member of the prominent Genesee Valley Wadsworths, he was a direct descendant of pioneer William Wadsworth, a founder of Hartford, Connecticut.

His great-grandfather, James S. Wadsworth, was a Union general in the American Civil War, killed in the Battle of the Wilderness of 1864. Both his grandfather, James Wolcott Wadsworth, and his father, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr., represented New York in Congress. His other grandfather was United States Secretary of State John Hay. His sister Evelyn was married to William Stuart Symington; they were the parents of James Wadsworth Symington, his nephew.

Wadsworth graduated from Fay School in 1918,[2] St. Mark's School, and Yale University in 1927,[1] where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[3]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Livingston Co.) in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939–40 and 1941. He resigned his seat in 1941.

He was later appointed by President Eisenhower as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, in which position he served from 1960 to 1961.


  • The Price of Peace, Praeger, 1961.
  • The Glass House, Praeger, 1966.
  • The Silver Spoon: An Autobiography, W. F. Humphrey Press (Geneva, NY), 1980.


  1. ^ a b c d "James J(eremiah) Wadsworth." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.fofweb.com/History/MainPrintPage.asp?iPin=TDEY500&DataType=AmericanHistory&WinType=Free
  3. ^ "YALE'S 'TAP DAY' CLOSE AT HAND: Four Senior Societies Will Pick Their New Members on the Campus on Thursday. SIXTY MEN TO BE CHOSEN Honors Usually Go to Juniors Who Have Rendered Special Service to Their Class.". New York Times. 9 May 1926. p. 2. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
A. Grant Stockweather
New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Joseph W. Ward
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Succeeded by
Adlai Stevenson