James Irvin Gadsden

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James Irvin Gadsden
United States Ambassador to Iceland
In office
December 9, 2002 – July 14, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Barbara J. Griffiths
Succeeded by Carol van Voorst
Personal details
Born (1948-03-12) March 12, 1948 (age 69)
Charleston, South Carolina
Spouse(s) Sally Freeman Gadsden
Children 2
Education Harvard University, Stanford University, and Princeton University
Profession Diplomat

James Irvin Gadsden (born March 12, 1948) is an American diplomat and former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland. He was born on March 12, 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Gadsden graduated from Harvard University (1970, cum laude) with a B.A. in Economics, MA in East Asian Studies, from Stanford University (1972), and Princeton University (1984) with a Scholar in Economics.[1]

He entereted the Foreign Service in 1972 and is now a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.[2]


  • Ambassador to Iceland (2002–05)
  • Special Negotiator for Agricultural Biotechnology (2001–02)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs (1997–2001)
  • Deputy Chief of Mission, Budapest, Hungary (1994–97)
  • Counselor for Economic Affairs, Paris, France (1989–93)
  • Economic/Political Officer, US Mission to the EU (1985–89)
  • European Communities Desk Officer (1981–84)
  • Staff Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs (1980–81)
  • Commercial Officer, Budapest, Hungary (1977–79)
  • Market Research Officer, US Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan (1974–76)
  • Political Officer, Office of East Asian Regional Affairs (1972–74)


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Barbara J. Griffiths
United States Ambassador to Iceland
Succeeded by
Carol van Voorst