United States Ambassador to the Gambia

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Ambassador of the United States to the Gambia
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Incumbent
Edward M. Alford

since March 1, 2013
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Mercer Cook
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation May 18, 1965
Website U.S. Embassy - Banjul

This is a list of United States ambassadors to the Gambia, the first of who was appointed on May 18, 1965, exactly three months after it attained independence from the United Kingdom.

Ambassdors[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.
  • Mercer Cook[1][2] - Non-career appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 18, 1965
    • Presentation of Credentials: Aug 9, 1965
    • Termination of Mission: Left Dakar Jul 1, 1966
  • William R. Rivkin[3] - Non-career appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Oct 13, 1966
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jan 16, 1967
    • Termination of Mission: Died at Dakar Mar 19, 1967
  • L. Dean Brown[4] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Oct 18, 1967
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jan 18, 1968
    • Termination of Mission: Left Dakar Aug 15, 1970
  • G. Edward Clark[5] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Oct 12, 1970
    • Presentation of Credentials: Nov 24, 1970
    • Termination of Mission: Left Dakar Oct 16, 1973
  • O. Rudolph Aggrey[6] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Nov 23, 1973
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jan 17, 1974
    • Termination of Mission: Left Dakar Jul 10, 1977
  • Herman J. Cohen[7] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jun 24, 1977
    • Presentation of Credentials: Mar 29, 1978
    • Termination of Mission: Left Dakar Jul 21, 1980
  • Larry Gordon Piper - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jun 30, 1980
    • Presentation of Credentials: Aug 21, 1980
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Aug 23, 1982

Note: Between Aug 1982 and Jun 1984, the following officers served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim: Owen W. Roberts. Aug 1982-Jun 1983; P. Wesley Kriebel, Jul-Nov 1983; Alan Logan, Nov 1983-Apr 1984; and Edward Brynn, May-Jun 1984.

  • Sharon Erdkamp Ahmad[8] - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Sep 30, 1982
  • Robert Thomas Hennemeyer - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 11, 1984
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jun 20, 1984
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Jun 27, 1986
  • Herbert E. Horowitz - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Sep 12, 1986
    • Presentation of Credentials: Oct 24, 1986
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Nov 4, 1989
  • Ruth V. Washington[9] - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Nov 21, 1989

Note: The following officers served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim: Jimmie Stone (Nov 1989-Jan 1990) and A. Donald Bramante (Jan-Dec 1990).

  • Arlene Render - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Oct 22, 1990
    • Presentation of Credentials: Dec 31, 1990
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Aug 8, 1993
  • Andrew J. Winter - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jul 11, 1993
    • Presentation of Credentials: Oct 29, 1993
    • Termination of Mission: Left post May 31, 1995
  • Gerald W. Scott - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Dec 28, 1995
    • Presentation of Credentials: Feb 16 1996
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Jun 27, 1998
  • George Williford Boyce Haley - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jun 29, 1998
    • Presentation of Credentials: Oct 15, 1998
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Jul 14, 2001
  • Jackson McDonald - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Oct 1, 2001
    • Presentation of Credentials: Nov 29, 2001
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 26, 2004
  • Joseph D. Stafford III - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jul 2, 2004
    • Presentation of Credentials: Sep 15, 2004
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Jun 5, 2007
  • Barry L. Wells - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Oct 29, 2007
    • Presentation of Credentials: Unknown
    • Termination of Mission: Prior to November 2010
  • Pamela White – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: November 17, 2010
    • Presentation of Credentials: November 29, 2010
    • Termination of Mission: January 2012
  • Edward M. Alford – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: March 1, 2013
    • Presentation of Credentials: Unknown
    • Termination of Mission: Incumbent

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ During Cook's tenure as non-resident Ambassador, the Embassy in Bathurst (now Banjul) was established September 9, 1965, with John G. Gossett as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.
  2. ^ Also accredited to Senegal; resident at Dakar.
  3. ^ Also accredited to Senegal; resident at Dakar.
  4. ^ Also accredited to Senegal; resident at Dakar.
  5. ^ Also accredited to Senegal; resident at Dakar.
  6. ^ Also accredited to Senegal; resident at Dakar.
  7. ^ Also accredited to Senegal; resident at Dakar.
  8. ^ Did not serve under this appointment.
  9. ^ Died at Greenburgh, New York, Jan 20, 1990, before going to post.

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