Hugh Douglas Barclay

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Hugh Douglas Barclay (born July 5, 1932) is a former long-time New York State Senator, and a former United States Ambassador to El Salvador.

Life[edit]

He was born on July 5, 1932, in Pulaski, Oswego County, New York. He attended Pulaski Academy and Central Schools. He also attended St. Paul's School. He graduated B.A. from Yale University, and LL.B. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1961.[1] He married Sara J. “Dee Dee” Seiter, and they have five children, among them Assemblyman Will Barclay (born 1969).

Being sworn-in as Ambassador by Deputy Sec. of State Richard Armitage as his wife Dee Dee looks on. November 12, 2003.

From 1961 until 2003, Barclay served as a partner for the upstate New York law firm of Hiscock & Barclay, a law firm that receives a tremendous amount of New York State funds, specializing in Banking and Administrative Law. He also entered politics as a Republican.

Barclay was a member of the New York State Senate from 1965 to 1984, sitting in the 175th, 176th, 177th, 178th, 179th, 180th, 181st, 182nd, 183rd, 184th and 185th New York State Legislatures.

His appointment as Ambassador to El Salvador by George W. Bush was announced August 21, 2003, and the nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation on September 15. The Senate confirmed the nomination on October 3. He was sworn in as Ambassador on November 12, and presented his credentials to El Salvador’s President, Francisco Flores, on December 18. He had no prior diplomatic experience, but has donated more than $215,000 to GOP candidates, including $90,000 to George W. Bush in 2004. He completed his tour as Ambassador in July 2006.

The law library at the Syracuse University College of Law is named in his honor.[2] He received an honorary degree 1998 and is a life trustee at Syracuse University.[3]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ New York Red Book (1967–1968; pg. 75)
  2. ^ Dedication of the H. Douglas Law Library at New York Heritage
  3. ^ "Home - Trustees". trustees.syr.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Henry A. Wise
New York State Senate
43rd District

1965
Succeeded by
Lloyd A. Newcombe
Preceded by
Bryce Barden
New York State Senate
50th District

1966
Succeeded by
Thomas Laverne
Preceded by
Lloyd A. Newcombe
New York State Senate
43rd District

1967–1972
Succeeded by
Ronald B. Stafford
Preceded by
John H. Hughes
New York State Senate
45th District

1973–1982
Succeeded by
Ronald B. Stafford
Preceded by
James H. Donovan
New York State Senate
46th District

1983–1984
Succeeded by
John M. McHugh
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Rose M. Likins
United States Ambassador to El Salvador
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Charles L. Glazer