Taylor G. Belcher

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Taylor Garrison Belcher
United States Ambassador to Cyprus
In office
1964–1969
Preceded by Fraser Wilkins
Succeeded by David H. Popper
United States Ambassador to Peru
In office
1969–1974
Preceded by J. Wesley Jones
Succeeded by Robert W. Dean
Personal details
Born July 1, 1920
Staten Island, New York, USA
Died August 6, 1990
New York, USA
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Edith Anthony
Children Anthony, Taylor III
Profession Naval officer, Politician

Taylor Garrison Belcher (July 1, 1920 - August 6, 1990) was a United States Ambassador to Cyprus and Peru who helped mediate conflicts in both countries.[1]

Early life[edit]

Taylor Garrison Belcher was born in Staten Island. His parents were Taylor Belcher and Miriam (Frazee) Belcher.[2] He graduated from Brown University with a degree in international trade and finance in 1941.[3]

Family[edit]

Belcher married Edith Anthony on October 22, 1942.[2] They had two sons, Anthony and Taylor III.[3]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

During World War II, Belcher served in the Navy as an officer of the battleship, Alabama. After the war, he joined the State Department. During his tenure with the State Department, he was stationed at Mexico City, Glasgow and Washington.[3]

Political career[edit]

Belcher was appointed ambassador to Cyprus by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. He served in that position until 1969. Belcher was awarded the State Department's Secretary's Distinguished Service Award as a result of his peace-keeping abilities[3] during the eruption of violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.[1] In 1969, he was appointed ambassador to Peru by President Richard Nixon. He served as ambassador to Peru until his retirement in 1974.[3]

Other activities[edit]

Belcher served in various organizations. At the time of his death, he was a director of the Putnam County Historical Society, a trustee and chairman of the Alice and Hamilton Fish Library, a trustee of the Malcolm Gordon School, and president of the Garrison Station Plaza and the Garrison's Landing Association. He was also a former chairman of the Heritage Task Force for the Hudson Valley.[3]

Later life[edit]

After his retirement from public service, Belcher lived in Garrison's Landing in Garrison, New York.[3]

Death[edit]

Belcher died at Peekskill Community Hospital in New York on August 6, 1990 at the age of 70. According to a family spokesman, he died of cancer.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Times Staff and Wire Reports (August 10, 1990). "Taylor G. Belcher; Ex-Ambassador". Los Angeles TImes. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Belcher". Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Cook, Joan (August 8, 1990). "Taylor Belcher Ex-Ambassador to Peru, Dies at 70". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2010.