James Jeremiah Wadsworth

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James Jeremiah Wadsworth
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4th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
1960–1961
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Succeeded by Adlai Stevenson
Personal details
Born (1905-06-16)June 16, 1905
Groveland, New York[1]
Died March 13, 1984(1984-03-13) (aged 78)
Rochester, New York[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harty Griggs Tilton

James Jeremiah "Jerry" Wadsworth (June 12, 1905 – March 13, 1984)[1] was an American politician and diplomat from New York.

Life[edit]

A member of the prominent Genesee Valley Wadsworths, James J. Wadsworth was born in Groveland, New York on June 12, 1905. He was a direct descendant of pioneer William Wadsworth, a founder of Hartford, Connecticut.

His great-grandfather, James S. Wadsworth, was a Union general in the American Civil War, killed in the Battle of the Wilderness of 1864. Both his grandfather, James Wolcott Wadsworth, and his father, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr., represented New York in Congress. His other grandfather was United States Secretary of State John Hay. His sister Evelyn was married to William Stuart Symington; they were the parents of James Wadsworth Symington, his nephew.

Wadsworth graduated from Fay School in 1918,[2] from St. Mark's School, and from Yale University in 1927,[1] where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[3]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Livingston Co.) in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939–40 and 1941. He resigned his seat in 1941.

He was medically unfit for World War II because of an injured leg, but aided the war effort as an assistant manager at the Curtiss-Wright Corporation plant in Buffalo, New York.

In 1950 he became deputy administrator of the civil defense office for the National Security Resources Board, which drafted many of the civil defense plans that were prepared at the height of the Cold War.

From 1953 to 1960 Wadsworth was Deputy Chief of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations.

He was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations by President Eisenhower, and he served from 1960 to 1961.

In 1965 President Johnson appointed Wadsworth to the Federal Communications Commission, and he served until 1970.

Wadsworth left the FCC to join the American team negotiating a charter for the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (Intelsat).

He died in Rochester, New York on March 13, 1984. He was buried at Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo.

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Price of Peace, Praeger, 1961.
  • The Glass House, Praeger, 1966.
  • The Silver Spoon: An Autobiography, W. F. Humphrey Press (Geneva, NY), 1980.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "James J(eremiah) Wadsworth." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.fofweb.com/History/MainPrintPage.asp?iPin=TDEY500&DataType=AmericanHistory&WinType=Free
  3. ^ "YALE'S 'TAP DAY' CLOSE AT HAND: Four Senior Societies Will Pick Their New Members on the Campus on Thursday. SIXTY MEN TO BE CHOSEN Honors Usually Go to Juniors Who Have Rendered Special Service to Their Class.". New York Times. 9 May 1926. p. 2. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
A. Grant Stockweather
New York State Assembly
1932–1941
Succeeded by
Joseph W. Ward
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
1960–1961
Succeeded by
Adlai Stevenson