United States Ambassador to Ghana

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Ambassador of the United States to Ghana
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Incumbent
Gene A. Cretz

since September 20, 2012
Nominator Barack H. Obama
Inaugural holder Donald W. Lamm
as Chargé d'Affaires
Formation February 28, 1957
Website U.S. Embassy - Accra

The following is a list of Ambassadors of the United States to Ghana. The Embassy in Accra was established March 6, 1957, with Donald W. Lamm in charge as chargé d'affaires.

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.
  • Donald W. Lamm[1] - Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires
    • Appointment: [see note below]
    • Presentation of Credentials: March 12, 1957
    • Termination of Mission: Relinquished charge, April 19, 1957
  • Peter Rutter[2] - Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires
    • Appointment:
    • Presentation of Credentials: April 25, 1957
    • Termination of Mission: Superseded, June 19, 1957
  • Wilson C. Flake - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 20, 1957
    • Presentation of Credentials: June 19, 1957
    • Termination of Mission: Reaccredited when Ghana became a republic; presented new credentials July 21, 1960; left post, November 21, 1960
  • Francis H. Russell[3] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: November 11, 1960
    • Presentation of Credentials: January 23, 1961
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, March 13, 1962
  • William P. Mahoney, Jr. - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 21, 1962
    • Presentation of Credentials: June 22, 1962
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 26, 1965
  • Franklin H. Williams - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: October 20, 1965
    • Presentation of Credentials: January 17, 1966
    • Termination of Mission: Reaccredited after change of government; presented new credentials May 19, 1966; left post, May 3, 1968
  • Thomas W. McElhiney - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 24, 1968
    • Presentation of Credentials: September 14, 1968
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 29, 1971
  • Fred L. Hadsel - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 23, 1971
    • Presentation of Credentials: September 25, 1971
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, July 29, 1974
  • Shirley Temple Black - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 19, 1974
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 6, 1974
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, July 13, 1976
  • Robert P. Smith - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: October 4, 1976
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 17, 1976
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 7, 1979
  • Thomas W.M. Smith - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 28, 1979
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 12, 1979
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, July 2, 1983
  • Robert E. Fritts - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 6, 1983
    • Presentation of Credentials: July 28, 1983
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, June 2, 1986
  • Stephen R. Lyne[4] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: March 27, 1987
    • Presentation of Credentials: July 11, 1987
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, September 9, 1989
  • Raymond Charles Ewing - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: August 7, 1989
    • Presentation of Credentials: November 9, 1989
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, August 14, 1992
  • Kenneth Lee Brown - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 14, 1992
    • Presentation of Credentials: September 24, 1992
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, July 19, 1995
  • Edward P. Brynn - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: October 3, 1995
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 19, 1995
    • Termination of Mission: Left post July 10, 1998
  • Kathryn Dee Robinson - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: October 22, 1998
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 16, 1998
    • Termination of Mission: Left post September 1, 2001
  • Nancy Jo Powell - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 16, 2001
    • Presentation of Credentials: September 14, 2001
    • Termination of Mission: Left post May 26, 2002
  • Mary Carlin Yates - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: November 26, 2002
    • Presentation of Credentials: January 28, 2003
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, July 25, 2005
  • Pamela E. Bridgewater - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 21, 2005
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 11, 2005
    • Termination of Mission:Left post June 10, 2008
  • Donald G. Teitelbaum - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 6, 2008
    • Presentation of Credentials: September 9, 2008
    • Termination of Mission: 2012
  • Gene A. Cretz - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: April 11, 2012
    • Presentation of Credentials: September xx, 2012
    • Termination of Mission:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Not commissioned; letter of credence dated February 28, 1957.
  2. ^ Not commissioned; letter of credence dated April 17, 1957.
  3. ^ Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on Feb 6, 1961.
  4. ^ Nomination of Oct 3, 1986, was not acted upon by the Senate.


Important Notice : Ambassador Donald G. Teitelbaum ( Incumbent ) 2008 June Senior Staff Of Travel Relations Peter Asante Smith

References[edit]

Senior Staff Of Travel Relations Peter Asante Smith

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