David Jacobson (diplomat)

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David Jacobson
David Jacobson.jpg
United States Ambassador to Canada
In office
October 2, 2009 – July 15, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDavid Wilkins
Succeeded byBruce Heyman
Personal details
Born (1951-10-09) October 9, 1951 (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
Georgetown University Law Center

David Cary Jacobson (born October 9, 1951) is an American lawyer who served as the 29th United States Ambassador to Canada.


A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University Law Center,[1] he spent much of his career working in the Chicago offices of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, a law firm.

He became a fundraiser for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. He subsequently worked on Obama's presidential transition team in the Office of Presidential Personnel.[1]

Jacobson's appointment as United States Ambassador to Canada was confirmed by the United States Senate. His confirmation hearings began on August 5, 2009[2] and the final confirmation occurred September 23, 2009 by unanimous consent.[3] His credentials were accepted by Governor General Michaëlle Jean on October 2, 2009, and he took his post as ambassador.[4]

On May 21, 2013, Jacobson announced his departure from the Embassy after nearly four years as Ambassador to Canada, effective July 15.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Ambassador to Canada: Who is David Jacobson?". allgov.com, August 2, 2009.
  2. ^ "Senate considers Obama's ambassador to Canada". The Globe and Mail, August 5, 2009.
  3. ^ "Senate confirms Jacobson as U.S. ambassador to Canada". The Ottawa Citizen, September 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "New U.S. ambassador presents credentials in Ottawa" Archived 2009-10-04 at the Wayback Machine. CTV News, October 2, 2009.
  5. ^ "Ambassador Jacobson Announces Upcoming Departure". US Embassy, Ottawa, Canada. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2013.

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Jacobson presents his letter of credence to Governor General Michaëlle Jean in the ballroom of Rideau Hall, 29 October 2009