Edward B. Lawson

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Edward B. Lawson
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United States Ambassador to Iceland
In office
September 22, 1949 – May 29, 1954
Preceded by Richard P. Butrick
Succeeded by John J. Muccio
United States Ambassador to Israel
In office
November 12, 1954 – February 17, 1959
Preceded by Monnett Bain Davis
Succeeded by Ogden Rogers Reid
Personal details
Born (1895-09-26)September 26, 1895
Newport, Tennessee
Died November 19, 1962(1962-11-19) (aged 67)
Washington, D.C.
Spouse(s) Jean McDonald Lawson
Profession Diplomat
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1918–19

Edward B. Lawson (September 26, 1895 – November 19, 1962) was a US Ambassador to Israel (1954–1959) and Iceland (1949–54). He was a World War I veteran.


Lawson was born on September 26, 1895 in Newport, Tennessee. He graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in foreign service (1924) and later MS (1925). He fought in World War I and later joined the US State Department.

Diplomatic career[edit]

After many posts such as Economic Counselor, Ankara, Turkey (1944–47), Commercial Attache, Managua, Nicaragua (1940–44), Commercial Attache, Prague, Czechoslovakia (1935–39), Trade Commissioner, Johannesburg, South Africa (1927–35), and Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce (1926–27), he served as ambassador to Iceland (1949–54) and the newly formed state of Israel.[1] He was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Personnel in 1959–60.

He was married to Jean McDonald Lawson and died of heart failure on November 19, 1962.[2]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Monnett Bain Davis
U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Succeeded by
Ogden Rogers Reid
Preceded by
Richard P. Butrick
U.S. Ambassador to Iceland
Succeeded by
John J. Muccio