United States Ambassador to Panama

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Ambassador of the United States to Panama
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Incumbent
Jonathan D. Farrar

since May 15, 2012
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder William Insco Buchanan
as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
Formation December 17, 1903
Website U.S. Embassy - Panama

The United States has maintained diplomatic relations with Panama since its independence from Colombia in 1903. (The US encouraged this revolution in order to secure the rights to build and manage the Panama Canal.) The rank of the US chief of mission to Panama was originally Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, but it was upgraded to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in 1939.

Normal diplomatic relations between the United States and Panama have been interrupted only once, from January 10 to April 3, 1964, in the aftermath of the Martyrs' Day riots over sovereignty.

List of Ambassadors[edit]

The following is a list of United States Ambassadors, or other Chiefs of Mission, to Panama. The title given by the United States State Department to this position is currently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Representative Title Presentation
of Credentials
Termination
of Mission
Appointed by
William I. Buchanan Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary[1] December 17, 1903 February 2, 1904 Theodore Roosevelt
John Barrett Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary July 22, 1904 May 13, 1905
Charles E. Magoon Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary August 7, 1905 September 25, 1906
Herbert G. Squiers Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary November 8, 1906 August 3, 1909
R. S. Reynolds Hitt Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary March 26, 1910 July 19, 1910 William H. Taft
Thomas C. Dawson Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary September 24, 1910 December 1, 1910
H. Percival Dodge Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary November 9, 1911 June 10, 1913
William Jennings Price Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary October 11, 1913 December 28, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
John Glover South Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary December 28, 1921 January 5, 1930 Warren G. Harding
Roy T. Davis Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary March 14, 1930 September 20, 1933 Herbert Hoover
Antonio C. Gonzalez Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary October 11, 1933 January 9, 1935 Franklin D. Roosevelt
George T. Summerlin Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary March 8, 1935 July 7, 1937
Frank P. Corrigan Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary September 2, 1937 June 14, 1939
William Dawson Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary July 14, 1939 April 21, 1941
Edwin C. Wilson Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 23, 1941 September 23, 1943
Avra M. Warren Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary June 22, 1944 January 5, 1945
Frank T. Hines Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary November 1, 1945 February 20, 1948 Harry S. Truman
Monnett B. Davis Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 28, 1948 January 24, 1951
John C. Wiley Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary July 25, 1951 November 27, 1953
Selden Chapin Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary January 22, 1954 May 29, 1955 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Julian F. Harrington Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 30, 1955 July 14, 1960
Joseph S. Farland Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 29, 1960 August 31, 1963
Wallace W. Stuart Chargé d'Affaires ad interim September 1963 January 10, 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson
Henry L. Taylor Chargé d'Affaires ad interim April 3, 1964 May 6, 1964
Jack Hood Vaughn Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 6, 1964 February 27, 1965
Charles W. Adair, Jr. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 13, 1965 September 6, 1969
Robert M. Sayre Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 31, 1969 March 14, 1974 Richard Nixon
William J. Jorden Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary April 17, 1974 August 25, 1978
Ambler Hodges Moss, Jr. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 6, 1978 July 15, 1982 Jimmy Carter
Everett Ellis Briggs Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 29, 1982 February 24, 1986 Ronald Reagan
Arthur H. Davis, Jr. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary April 4, 1986 January 3, 1990
Deane Roesch Hinton Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary January 9, 1990 February 12, 1994 George H. W. Bush
Oliver P. Garza Chargé d'Affaires ad interim February 1994 November 1995 Bill Clinton
William J. Hughes Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary November 7, 1995 October 13, 1998
Simon Ferro Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary February 26, 1999 March 1, 2001
Linda Ellen Watt Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary December 17, 2002 June 3, 2005 George W. Bush
William A. Eaton Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September 9, 2005 August 2008
Barbara J. Stephenson Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 2008 2010
Phyllis M. Powers [2] Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 8, 2010 August 2011 Barack Obama
John Law [3] Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. August 2011 May 2012
Jonathan D. Farrar[4] Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 15, 2012 Incumbent

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buchanan presented credentials as “Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary on special mission” in December 1903; he received new credentials as “Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary” only a few days before he was to leave Panama and apparently did not present them. He ceased to act “on special mission,” however, and conducted business in the capacity of “Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary” until his departure.
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