United States Ambassador to Cameroon

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Ambassador of the United States to Cameroon
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Seal of the United States Department of State
Incumbent
Greg Thome
as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.

since Sept. 24, 2013
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Bolard More
as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
Formation January 1, 1960
Website U.S. Embassy - Yaounde

This is a list of ambassadors from the United States to Cameroon. The American Embassy at Yaounde was established on January 1, 1960, with Bolard More as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Ambassadors[edit]

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • Leland Barrows
    • State of Residency: Kansas
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Apr 20, 1960
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jun 9, 1960
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Sep 6, 1966
    • Note: Accredited also to Togo and resident at Yaounde.
  • Robert L. Payton
    • State of Residency: Missouri
    • Non-career appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jan 26, 1967
    • Presentation of Credentials: Mar 4, 1967
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 27, 1969
  • Lewis Hoffacker
    • State of Residency: District of Columbia
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Dec 2, 1969
    • Presentation of Credentials: Dec 20, 1969
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Jun 6, 1972
    • Note: Also accredited to Equatorial Guinea and resident at Yaounde.
  • C. Robert Moore
    • State of Residency: Washington
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jun 27, 1972
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jul 22, 1972
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Jul 28, 1975
    • Note: Also accredited to Equatorial Guinea and resident at Yaounde.
  • Herbert J. Spiro
    • State of Residency: Pennsylvania
    • Non-career appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jul 24, 1975
    • Presentation of Credentials: Sep 1, 1975
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 7, 1977
    • Note: Accredited also to Equatorial Guinea until Mar 14, 1976; resident at Yaounde.
  • Mabel M. Smythe
    • State of Residency: Connecticut
    • Non-career appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 11, 1977
    • Presentation of Credentials: Oct 1, 1977
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Feb 24, 1980
    • Note: Also accredited to Equatorial Guinea, Dec 17, 1979.
  • Hume A. Horan
    • State of Residency: New Jersey
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jun 30, 1980
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jul 29, 1980
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 17, 1983
    • Note: Also accredited to Equatorial Guinea until Sep 29, 1981
  • Myles Robert Rene Frechette
    • State of Residency: Washington
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 26, 1983
    • Presentation of Credentials: Sep 8, 1983
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Jul 30, 1987
  • Mark L. Edelman
    • State of Residency: Missouri
    • Non-career appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jul 31, 1987
    • Presentation of Credentials: Sep 9, 1987
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Mar 19, 1989
  • Frances D. Cook
    • State of Residency: Florida
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Nov 21, 1989
    • Presentation of Credentials: Dec 21, 1989
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Jan 1, 1993
  • Harriet Winsar Isom
    • State of Residency: Oregon
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Aug 17, 1992
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jan 19, 1993
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Jan 17, 1996
  • Charles H. Twining
    • State of Residency: Maryland
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Dec 19, 1995
    • Presentation of Credentials: Feb 28, 1996
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Aug 17, 1998
    • Note: Also Accredited to Equatorial Guinea and resident at Yaounde.
  • John Melvin Yates
    • State of Residency: Washington
    • Foreign Service officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Oct 22, 1998
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jan 5, 1999
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Nov 4, 2001
    • Note: Also Accredited to Equatorial Guinea and resident at Yaounde.
  • George McDade Staples
    • State of Residency: Kentucky
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Sep 5, 2001
    • Presentation of Credentials: Dec 21, 2001
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, July 10, 2004
    • Note: Also accredited to Equatorial Guinea; resident at Yaounde.
  • R. Niels Marquardt
    • State of Residency: California
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 2, 2004
    • Presentation of Credentials: Oct. 29, 2004
    • Termination of Mission: April 9, 2007
    • Note: Also accredited to Equatorial Guinea; resident at Yaounde.
  • Janet E. Garvy
    • State of Residency: Massachusetts
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 30, 2007
    • Presentation of Credentials: Nov. 9, 2007
    • Termination of Mission: Aug. 1, 2010
    • Note: Also accredited to Equatorial Guinea; resident at Yaounde.
  • Robert P. Jackson
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Sep. 17, 2010
    • Presentation of Credentials: Oct. 12, 2010
    • Termination of Mission: September 24, 2013
    • Note: Also accredited to Equatorial Guinea; resident at Yaounde

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