David T. Schneider

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David T. Schneider
U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
In office
8 November 1977 – 25 July 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byEdward E. Masters
Succeeded byJane Abell Coon
Personal details
Born(1922-11-20)November 20, 1922
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
DiedSeptember 24, 2014(2014-09-24) (aged 91)

David T. Schneider was an American diplomat who served in India, Pakistan, Eritrea and served as the Ambassador to Bangladesh.

Early life[edit]

Schneider was born on 20 November 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. In 1947 he completed his B.A. from Yale University. From 1943 to 1945 he served in the United States Army Air Force.[1][2][3]


Schneider worked at the Federal Security Agency from 1947 to 1949. In 1949 he joined the United States Air Force as an Intelligence analyst. He worked in Karachi, Pakistan as a consular, security, and administrative officer from 1950 to 1953. He worked as a consular officer in Asmara, Eritrea from 1953 to 1955. He learned Hindi. He was the political officer of the United States consulate in Bombay, India from 1956 to 1958. He worked as the head of the political section in the United States Embassy in Delhi, India. He worked at the State Department as the officer in charge of India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal section from 1962 to 1966. From 1966 to 1967 he studied at the National War College. In 1967 he joined the United States mission in Rawalpindi, Pakistan as deputy chief of mission and left in 1968. From 1968 to 1969 he worked in the office of Space Environmental Science Affairs at the State Department. In 1969 he was appointed the country director of India in the State Department. In 1973 he became the deputy chief of mission in India and was stationed at the United States embassy in Delhi. He was appointed the United States ambassador to Bangladesh on 8 November 1977 by President Jimmy Carter.[1][4][5][6] In 1983 he met Rifaat Assad, brother of Syrian President Hafez Assad, in Washington D.C. Schneider was the deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs at the State Department.[7]


Schneider died on 24 September 2014. [8]


  1. ^ a b Jimmy, Carter (1977). Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1977. Best Books on. p. 1977. ISBN 9781623767662. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  2. ^ Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Federal Register Division, National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration. 1978. p. 1977. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Carter: United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Nomination of David T. Schneider". presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  4. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (11 September 1973). "Moynihan Repairing Tie to India". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  5. ^ Affairs, United States Congress House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific; Organizations, United States Congress House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights and International (1983). Reconciling human rights and U.S. security interests in Asia: hearings before the Subcommittees on Asian and Pacific Affairs and on Human Rights and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Ninety-seventh Congress, second session, August 10; September 21, 22, 28, 29; December 3, 9, 15, 1982. U.S. G.P.O. pp. 440–443.
  6. ^ Department of State Bulletin. Office of Public Communication, Bureau of Public Affairs. 1983. p. 63.
  7. ^ Tyler, Patrick E. (3 September 1982). "$1.1 Million Deal Kept Quiet". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.brownfuneralhomeswv.com/book-of-memories/1962288/schneider-david/obituary.php
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward E. Masters
United States Ambassador to Bangladesh
Succeeded by
Jane Abell Coon