Daniel H. Simpson

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Daniel Howard Simpson (born July 9, 1939[1] in Wheeling, West Virginia) is an American former Foreign Service Officer.[1] He was the United States Ambassador to the Central African Republic (1990–92),[1] Special Envoy to Somalia[2] and the United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1995–98)[1] as well as undertaking other overseas assignments in Burundi, South Africa, Zaire (on three separate occasions) Iceland, Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina.[3] He also served as the Deputy Commandant of the United States Army War College[2] and on the Board of directors as the Vice President of the National Defense University for the United States Institute of Peace.[4]

Before joining the United States Foreign Service and becoming a diplomat in 1966, Simpson studied English literature at Yale University and African studies at Northwestern University,[2] before travelling Africa to teach at the Eghosa Anglican Boys’ School in Benin City, Nigeria,[3] and at the Libyan Army Military College in Benghazi, Libya.[2]

After retirement from the Department of State in 2001, Simpson has been a writer and columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade[2] as well as a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Daniel Howard Simpson". U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Commencement scheduled for December 16". Penn State Greater Allegheny. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-12-09. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Ambassador Daniel H. Simpson". Strategic Studies Institute. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  4. ^ Mosley, Raymond A.; Carlin, John W., eds. (1999-06-01), The United States Government Manual 1999/2000 (PDF), Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, p. 745, retrieved 2010-12-09 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Melissa Foelsch Wells
United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Succeeded by
William Lacy Swing
Preceded by
David C. Fields
United States Ambassador to Central African Republic
Succeeded by
Robert E. Gribbin, 3rd