Samuel L. Kaplan

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Samuel Louis Kaplan
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United States Ambassador to Morocco
In office
September 18, 2009 – April 30, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Thomas T. Riley
Personal details
Born 1936
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Sylvia Chessen
Profession Lawyer

Samuel Louis Kaplan (born 1936) was United States Ambassador to Morocco.[1] He was appointed ambassador in 2009 by President Barack Obama, replacing the previous ambassador Thomas T. Riley.[2] He is one of only a few American Jews to represent the United States in a Muslim nation.[3]

Before entering the diplomatic service, Ambassador Kaplan was a well-known business and community leader in Minneapolis, where he headed a law firm that he founded in 1978. Ambassador Kaplan attended the University of Minnesota where he earned both an undergraduate and a law degree, graduating magna cum laude, and where he served as President of the University of Minnesota Law Review. [4]


After law school graduation, Kaplan was an assistant professor of law and a guest speaker in law classes. Later, he founded Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A, a law firm, in 1978.[5]


  1. ^ "United States Diplomatic Mission to Morocco - Ambassador". 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Kaplan, Samuel Louis". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ Sam Kaplan named U.S. ambassador to Morocco MORDECAI SPECKTOR June 24th, 2009
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". Retrieved 10 January 2012.