United States Ambassador to Mauritania

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Ambassador of the United States to Mauritania
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Incumbent
Jo Ellen Powell

since October 1, 2010
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Henry S. Villard
Formation November 28, 1960
Website U.S. Embassy - Nouakchott

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.

The United States embassy in Mauritania is located in Nouakchott. Mauritania – United States relations have been developing since 1960. The incumbent ambassador is Jo Ellen Powell.[1]

Ambassadors[edit]

  • Henry S. Villard – Career FSO[2]
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Resident in, and concurrent US Ambassador to, neighbouring Senegal
    • Appointed: November 28, 1960
    • Terminated mission: Left post, April 30, 1961
  • Philip M. Kaiser – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Resident in, and concurrent US Ambassador to, neighbouring Senegal
    • Appointed: August 1, 1961
    • Terminated mission: Left post, May 18, 1964
  • William L. Eagleton, Jr – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Ad Interim
    • Appointed: 1962
    • Terminated mission: 1964
  • Geoffrey W. Lewis – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: March 31, 1965
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 9, 1967
  • Robert A. Stein – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: March 1970
    • Terminated mission: Left post, November 1971
  • Richard W. Murphy – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: December 17, 1971
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 5, 1974
  • Holsey G. Handyside – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: April 15, 1975
    • Terminated mission: Left post, December 5, 1977
  • E. Gregory Kryza – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: December 16, 1977
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 29, 1980
  • Stanley N. Schrager – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Ad Interim
    • Appointed: September 1980
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 1982
  • Edward Brynn – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Ad Interim
    • Appointed: July 1982
    • Terminated mission: Left post, February 1983
  • Edward Lionel Peck – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: February 19, 1983
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 7, 1985
  • Robert L. Pugh – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: September 5, 1985
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 5, 1988
  • William H. Twaddell – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: October 6, 1988
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 20, 1991
  • Gordon S. Brown – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: September 5, 1991
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 18, 1994
  • Dorothy Myers Sampas – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: November 3, 1994
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 4, 1994
  • Timberlake Foster – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: November 11, 1997
    • Terminated mission: Left post, October 3, 2000
  • John W. Limbert – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: November 21, 2000
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 8, 2003
  • Joseph LeBaron – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: September 1, 2003
    • Terminated mission: November 22, 2007
  • Mark Boulware – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: November 22, 2007
    • Terminated mission: October 1, 2010
  • Jo Ellen Powell – Career FSO[3]
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
    • Appointed: October 10, 2010
    • Terminated mission: Incumbent

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