Aaron Vail

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Aaron Vail (1796–1878) was an American diplomat. As a chargé d'affaires, he acted as the chief American officer in London in lieu of a Minister between April 4, 1832 and 1836; between the tenures of Martin Van Buren and Andrew Stevenson.[1] He then became a Special Diplomatic Agent to Canada in 1838.[2] On May 20, 1840, Vail then performed the same function as chargé d'affaires in Spain, being succeeded by Washington Irving on August 1, 1842.[3] Born in New York City, he died in Paris, France and was survived by his son, Aaron Vail II.[4]


  1. ^ "American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom". Embassy of the United States - London, UK. Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Aaron Vail". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Chiefs of Mission by Country, 1778-2005 > Saint Kitts and Nevis-Syria". US Department of State. Archived from the original on 30 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  4. ^ Annual Report. New York State Library. 1941. p. 48. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John H. Eaton
Chargé d'Affaires to Spain
Succeeded by
Washington Irving