Herschel Johnson

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For the 19th-century governor of Georgia, see Herschel Vespasian Johnson.
Herschel Johnson
United States Ambassador to Brazil
In office
July 22, 1948 – May 27, 1953
President Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by William D. Pawley
Succeeded by James S. Kemper
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Acting
In office
June 3, 1946 – January 14, 1947
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Edward Stettinius Jr.
Succeeded by Warren Austin
United States Ambassador to Sweden
In office
December 12, 1941 – April 28, 1946
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Frederick A. Sterling
Succeeded by Louis G. Dreyfus Jr.
Personal details
Born Herschel Vespasian Johnson
(1894-05-03)May 3, 1894
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Died April 16, 1966(1966-04-16) (aged 71)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Herschel Vespasian Johnson (May 3, 1894 – April 16, 1966) was a U.S. diplomat from North Carolina.[1] He served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 1921–1953, whose career included posts in Europe, Latin America, and the United Nations.

He served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Sweden between 12 December 1941 and 28 April 1946. Thereafter, he served as the acting U.S. ambassador to the United Nations between 1946 and 1947. In 1948 appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Brazil.

During his time in Sweden he made humanitarian efforts to save civilian lives and was in touch with Raoul Wallenberg.

Herschel V. Johnson was a vocal proponent of the 1947 Palestine Partition Plan. The outcome of the UN vote is attributed to his collaboration with Andrei A. Gromyko, otherwise Johnson's political opponent. They both stood together on this issue and urged the General Assembly not to delay its decision but to vote for partition at once, opposing last-minute efforts of Arab delegations to effect a compromise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herschel Vespasian Johnson (1894-1966). Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved July 13, 2013.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Frederick A. Sterling
United States Ambassador to Sweden
1941–1946
Succeeded by
Louis G. Dreyfus Jr.
Preceded by
Edward Stettinius Jr.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Acting

1946–1947
Succeeded by
Warren Austin
Preceded by
William D. Pawley
United States Ambassador to Brazil
1947–1953
Succeeded by
James S. Kemper