United States Ambassador to Madagascar

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Ambassador of the United States to Madagascar and Comoros
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Incumbent
Eric M. Wong
as Chargé d’Affaires a.i.

since June 7, 2010
Inaugural holder Frederic P. Bartlett
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation August 27, 1960
Website U.S. Embassy - Antananarivo

This is a list of United States ambassadors to Madagascar. The United States has maintained diplomatic relations since June 1960. The Embassy Tananarive (now Antananarivo) was established on June 26, 1960. Currently, the Ambassador also serves US diplomatic interests or relations to Comoros.

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.

Note: Embassy Tananarive (now Antananarivo) was established June 26, 1960.

  • Frederic P. Bartlett[1] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: August 27, 1960
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 5, 1960
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, June 6, 1962
  • C. Vaughan Ferguson, Jr.[2] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: December 17, 1962
    • Presentation of Credentials: January 15, 1963
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 21, 1966
  • David S. King[3] - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: January 26, 1967
    • Presentation of Credentials: April 21, 1967
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, August 16, 1969
  • Anthony D. Marshall[4] - Political Appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: December 15, 1969
    • Presentation of Credentials: January 6, 1970
    • Termination of Mission: Departure requested by Government of the Malagasy Republic, June 1, 1971; left post June 6, 1971
  • Joseph Mendenhall[5] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 11, 1972
    • Presentation of Credentials: November 15, 1972
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 11, 1975

Note: Between 1975 and 1980, the following officers served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim: Gilbert H. Sheinbaum (Nov. 1975-Mar. 1977) and Robert S. Barrett (Mar. 1977-Jun 1980).

  • Fernando E. Rondon[6] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 26, 1980
    • Presentation of Credentials: November 10, 1980
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 25, 1983
  • Robert Brendon Keating[7] - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 6, 1983
    • Presentation of Credentials: August 11, 1983
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 1, 1986
  • Patricia Gates Lynch[8] - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 16, 1986
    • Presentation of Credentials: August 6, 1986
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, August 31, 1989
  • Howard K. Walker[9] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: August 7, 1989
    • Presentation of Credentials: September 27, 1989
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, July 12, 1992
  • Dennis P. Barrett - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 15, 1992
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 3, 1992
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, November 12, 1995
  • Vicki Huddleston - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: October 3, 1995
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 12, 1995
    • Termination of Mission: Left post July 24, 1996

Note: Howard T. Perlow served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim, Jul 1996-Aug 1998.

  • Shirley Elizabeth Barnes - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 29, 1998
    • Presentation of Credentials: August 30, 1998
    • Termination of Mission: Left post July 28, 2001
  • Wanda L. Nesbitt - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: November 5, 2001
    • Presentation of Credentials: January 28, 2001
    • Termination of Mission: Left post June 23, 2004
  • James D. McGee - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 30, 2004
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 29, 2004
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, June 1, 2007
  • R. Niels Marquardt[10] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 30, 2007
    • Presentation of Credentials: August 22, 2007
    • Termination of Mission: June 7, 2010
  • Eric M. Wong[11] - Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
    • Appointment: June 7, 2010
    • Presentation of Credentials: Unknown
    • Termination of Mission: Incumbent

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Commissioned to the Malagasy Republic.
  2. ^ Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on Mar 12, 1963. Commissioned to the Malagasy Republic.
  3. ^ Commissioned to the Malagasy Republic. Also accredited to Mauritius; resident at Tananarive.
  4. ^ Commissioned to the Malagasy Republic.
  5. ^ Commissioned to the Malagasy Republic.
  6. ^ Also accredited to the Comoros; resident in Antananarivo.
  7. ^ Also accredited to the Comoros; resident in Antananarivo.
  8. ^ Also accredited to the Comoros; resident in Antananarivo.
  9. ^ Also accredited to the Comoros; resident in Antananarivo.
  10. ^ Also accredited to the Republic of the Comoros; resident in Antananarivo.
  11. ^ Also accredited to the Republic of the Comoros; resident in Antananarivo.

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