United States Ambassador to São Tomé and Príncipe

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Ambassador of the United States to São Tomé and Príncipe
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Incumbent
Eric D. Benjaminson

since September 15, 2010
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Andrew L. Steigman
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation December 11, 1975
Website U.S. Embassy - Libreville

The United States Ambassador to São Tomé and Príncipe is the official representative of the government of the United States to the government of São Tomé and Príncipe. The ambassador is concurrently the ambassador to Gabon, while resident in Libreville, Gabon.

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.
  • Andrew L. Steigman – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: December 11, 1975
    • Presented credentials: February 14, 1976
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 21, 1977
  • Arthur T. Tienken – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: February 2, 1978
    • Presented credentials: May 26, 1978
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 19, 1981
  • Francis Terry McNamara – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: December 11, 1981
    • Presented credentials: July 26, 1982
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 3, 1984
  • Larry C. Williamson – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 13, 1984
    • Presented credentials: October 29, 1984
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 21, 1987
  • Warren Clark, Jr. – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 10, 1987
    • Presented credentials: October 19, 1987
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 24, 1989
  • Keith Leveret Wauchope – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 6, 1989
    • Presented credentials: February 5, 1990
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 13, 1992
  • Joseph Charles Wilson IV – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 14, 1992
    • Presented credentials: September 29, 1992
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 4, 1995
  • Elizabeth Raspolic – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 3, 1995
    • Presented credentials: November 10, 1995
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 24, 1998
  • James V. Ledesma – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 22, 1998
    • Presented credentials: January 27, 1999
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 18, 2001
  • Note: The post was vacant June 2001–June 2002. Thomas F. Daughton served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim in the interval.
  • Kenneth Price Moorfield – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: January 30, 2002
    • Presented credentials: June 20, 2002
    • Terminated mission: 2004(?)
  • R. Barrie Walkley – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 2, 2004
    • Presented credentials: November 11, 2004
    • Terminated mission: Left post, April 27, 2007
  • Eunice S. Reddick – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 29, 2007
    • Presented credentials: December 6, 2007
    • Terminated mission: Unknown, prior to December 2010
  • Eric D. Benjaminson – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 15, 2010
    • Presented credentials: December 3, 2010
    • Terminated mission: Incumbent

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