United States Ambassador to Malaysia

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The following is a list of United States Ambassadors to Malaysia.

Ambassador of the United States to Malaysia
Duta Amerika Syarikat ke Malaysia
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Incumbent
Paul W. Jones

since September 8, 2010
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Thomas K. Wright
as Chargé d'affaires ad interim
Formation August 31, 1957
Website U.S. Embassy - Kuala Lumpur

Ambassadors[edit]

Name Career Title Appointment Presentation of Credentials Termination of Mission
Thomas K. Wright[1] Career FSO Chargé d'Affaires August 31, 1957 September 4, 1957 Superseded December 2, 1957
Homer M. Byington, Jr.[2] Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 3, 1957 December 2, 1957 Left post, April 1, 1961
Charles F. Baldwin[3] Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary February 22, 1961 April 29, 1961 Left post, January 22, 1964
James D. Bell Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary March 4, 1964 March 23, 1964 Left post, July 15, 1969
Jack W. Lydman Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September 15, 1969 October 8, 1969 Left post, December 20, 1973
Francis T. Underhill, Jr. Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary December 19, 1973 February 11, 1974 Left post, May 10, 1977
Robert Hopkins Miller Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 26, 1977 June 8, 1977 Left post, March 8, 1980
Barbara M. Watson Political appointee Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 20, 1980 September 25, 1980 Left post, March 1, 1981
Ronald DeWayne Palmer Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary June 11, 1981 June 24, 1981 Left post, October 30, 1983
Thomas P. Shoesmith Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary November 18, 1983 December 12, 1983 Left post, February 14, 1987
John Cameron Monjo Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary April 7, 1987 June 10, 1987 Left post, April 22, 1989
Paul Matthews Cleveland Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 10, 1989 November 8, 1989 Left post, July 23, 1992
John Stern Wolf Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 11, 1992 October 7, 1992 Left post, June 10, 1995
John R. Malott Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary December 19, 1995 January 25, 1996 Left post December 30, 1998
B. Lynn Pascoe Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 22, 1998 March 1, 1999 Left post August 11, 2001
Marie T. Huhtala Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 3, 2001 October 17, 2001 Left post May 28, 2004
Christopher L. LaFleur Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 18, 2004 January 4, 2005 September 14, 2007
James P. Keith Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 30, 2007 December 4, 2007 Left post, March 15, 2010
Paul W. Jones Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 5, 2010 September 8, 2010 September 10, 2013
  • Embassy Kuala Lumpur was established on August 31, 1957, with Wright in charge. New ambassador since August 2013 is Joseph Y. Yun.

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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Accredited to the Federation of Malaya. Not commissioned; letter of credence dated Aug 31, 1957.
  2. ^ Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on January 27, 1958. Accredited to the Federation of Malaya.
  3. ^ Accredited to the Federation of Malaya.

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