Dwight Dickinson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dwight Dickinson III
5th United States Ambassador to Togo
In office
September 8, 1970 – April 3, 1974
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Albert W. Sherer, Jr.
Succeeded by Nancy V. Rawls
Personal details
Born (1916-12-13)December 13, 1916
Annapolis, Maryland
Died September 24, 1997(1997-09-24) (aged 80)
Newport, Rhode Island
Spouse(s) Eleanor Anderson Hoge
Children Spencer Edward II
Philip Lloyd
Profession Diplomat
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1940–46
Rank Lieutenant Commander

Dwight Dickinson III (December 13, 1916 – September 24, 1997) was a United States diplomat and Navy veteran.[1]


He was born in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduating from Harvard College in 1940 he was commissioned in the United States Navy in 1941, serving throughout World War II at sea in the Atlantic and Pacific skirmishes aboard the Idaho, and later aboard the cruiser, Augusta, when it brought President Truman back from the Potsdam Conference in August 1945. He also had shore duty at Guadalcanal and Annapolis, Maryland.

Dickinson ended his naval caraeer as a Lieutenant Commander in the Supply Corps in 1946 and entered the United States Foreign Service, where he was posted to assignments in Curaçao, Mexico City, Beirut and Paris, as well as two tours in Washington and to the US mission to the United Nations in 1960 and 1962, at which time he was political advisor and alternate US representative to the Unitre Trusteeship Council.

When he became Chargé d'Affaires in Morocco, he later was appointed as the Ambassador to Togo in 1970. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1974. He lived in Jamestown, Rhode Island, until his death in 1997, leaving his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Anderson Hoge, and two sons, Spencer Edward II and Philip Lloyd.

He died in Newport, Rhode Island in 1997 of Parkinson's disease.[2] He is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, next to the gravesite of his father, Spencer Dickinson, a Captain in the United States Navy.[3]


  1. ^ Who's who in Government. 1. Marquis Who's Who. 1972. ISSN 0731-4973. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  2. ^ "DEATHS". pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  3. ^ Michael Robert Patterson. "Dwight Dickinson III, Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Albert W. Sherer, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Togo
Succeeded by
Nancy V. Rawls