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 69)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
Georgetown University Law Center

David Cary Jacobson (born October 9, 1951)[1] 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,[2] he spent much of his career working in the Chicago offices of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, a major international law firm. He became a fundraiser for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, and subsequently worked on Obama's presidential transition team in the Office of Presidential Personnel.[2]

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

On May 21, 2013, Jacobson announced his departure from the Embassy after nearly four years as Ambassador to Canada, effective July 15.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.lawyers.com/Illinois/Chicago/David-C-Jacobson-937491-a.html
  2. ^ a b "Ambassador to Canada: Who is David Jacobson?". allgov.com, August 2, 2009.
  3. ^ "Senate considers Obama's ambassador to Canada". The Globe and Mail, August 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Senate confirms Jacobson as U.S. ambassador to Canada". The Ottawa Citizen, September 23, 2009.
  5. ^ "New U.S. ambassador presents credentials in Ottawa" Archived 2009-10-04 at the Wayback Machine. CTV News, October 2, 2009.
  6. ^ "Ambassador Jacobson Announces Upcoming Departure". US Embassy, Ottawa, Canada. Archived from the original on 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2013-05-21.

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