Jacob D. Beam

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Jacob D. Beam
United States Ambassador to Poland
In office
United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia
In office
August 31, 1966 – March 5, 1969
Preceded by Outerbridge Horsey
Succeeded by Malcolm Toon
United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
April 18, 1969 – January 24, 1973
Preceded by Llewellyn Thompson
Succeeded by Walter J. Stoessel, Jr.
Personal details
Born Jacob Dyneley Beam
March 24, 1908
Princeton, New Jersey
Died August 16, 1993(1993-08-16) (aged 85)
Rockville, Maryland

Jacob Dyneley Beam (March 24, 1908 – August 16, 1993) was an American diplomat.

Life and career[edit]

Beam was born in Princeton, New Jersey. His father was a German professor at Princeton University, and the younger Beam earned a bachelor's degree in 1929 from Princeton. He then joined the United States Foreign Service.

His first assignment was in Geneva, where he monitored the League of Nations and served as vice counsel in Geneva from 1931 to 1934. He then moved to Berlin and served as third secretary to the United States Embassy from 1934 to 1940. During World War II, he served as second secretary of the embassy in London, returning to Germany after the war.

Beam was counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia from 1949 to 1951 and to Yugoslavia from 1951 to 1952. He became United States Ambassador to Poland from 1957-61. From 1966 to 1969 he served as Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and he was present at the Prague Spring there. Then to the Soviet Union from 1969 to 1973.

Beam died in Rockville, Maryland of a stroke.[1] His son is journalist Alex Beam.


  1. ^ Lambert, Bruce (August 18, 1993). Jacob D. Beam, Envoy to Soviets At Start of Detente, Is Dead at 85. New York Times

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