Charles B. Warren

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Charles Warren
Charles Beecher Warren, 1870-1936.jpg
United States Ambassador to Mexico
In office
March 31, 1924 – July 22, 1924
President Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by Henry Fletcher
Succeeded by James Sheffield
United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
September 24, 1921 – January 28, 1922
President Warren G. Harding
Preceded by Roland Morris
Succeeded by Cyrus Woods
Personal details
Born Charles Beecher Warren
(1870-04-10)April 10, 1870
Bay City, Michigan, U.S.
Died February 3, 1936(1936-02-03) (aged 65)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Helen Wetmore
Education University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA)

Charles Beecher Warren (April 10, 1870 – February 3, 1936) was an American diplomat and politician. He was United States Ambassador to Mexico in 1924.


Charles B. Warren was born in Bay City, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1891. During World War I, He served in the U.S. Army on the staff of the Judge Advocate General, ending his service with a rank of lieutenant colonel and a Distinguished Service Medal.[1]

He was an alternate delegate from Michigan to the Republican National Convention in 1908, 1912, and 1916, and a regular delegate in 1924, 1928, and 1932.

Ambassador to Japan[edit]

Warren served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan between 1921-1922. His arrival was eagerly anticipated in the context of up-coming Washington Conference on Far Eastern matters and armaments.[2] Kaneko Kentarō (Harvard '98), Privy Councilor to the Emperor, and President of the America-Japan Society of Tokyo presided at a formal dinner in honor of the newly arrived Ambassador Warren; and he expressed the hope that the Washington Conference would be a golden opportunity to clear away any misunderstandings and to speak frankly about Japan's aspirations.[3]

Not all of Warren's activities were limited to conventional Tokyo events. Following the usual Thanksgiving Day celebrations in 1922, Ambassador Warren and his two sons traveled to Korea, Manchuria and Peking; and this unremarkable trip was reported in the New York Times.[4]

In late January 1923, Ambassador Warren took leave of the Empress before departing his post in Tokyo. In addition to Foreign Minister Uchida and Prince Tokugawa, the recently appointed Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Masanao Hanihara, was at the Imperial Palace reception.[5]

Ambassador to Mexico[edit]

Warren became U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in 1924.

President Coolidge nominated Warren to be Attorney General, but his nomination was narrowly rejected twice.[6] In the wake of the Teapot Dome scandal, Senate Democrats and Progressive Republicans objected to the nomination of Warren, who was closely associated with the "Sugar Trust".[7] Michigan governor Alex J. Groesbeck, who Coolidge had also considered for the position, was active in trying to undermine Warren's acceptance.[8][9] However, John G. Sargent was ultimately nominated and confirmed.

Warren died in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on February 3, 1936. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

His wife was also a member of Republican National Committee.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Roland Morris
United States Ambassador to Japan
Succeeded by
Cyrus Woods
Preceded by
Henry Fletcher
United States Ambassador to Mexico
Succeeded by
James Sheffield
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Rockefeller
Cover of Time
26 January 1925
Succeeded by
Fritz Kreisler