John Hale Stutesman

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John Hale Stutesman (December 16, 1920 – June 9, 2019) was an American State Department official, who served as a consular at the American embassy in Shanghai during 1946, a political officer at the embassy in Tehran from 1949 to 1952 and U.S. general consul of Canada in 1974.

Early life and military service[edit]

Stutesman was born in Washington, D.C. in December 1920, the son of John Hale Stutesman Sr. (1883–1966) and Virginia Stutesman (née Gerhardt, 1891–1981). He attended the Lawrenceville School, graduating there in 1938, then attending Princeton University, graduating in 1942. Following graduation he enlisted in the army in the 88th Infantry Division. Stutesman fought in the Italian Campaign in the field artillery unit.

State Department career[edit]

Following his discharge from the army in 1946, he joined the foreign service. He was first assigned to the Far East where he served as a political officer and a council at the United States embassy in Shanghai. He stayed in Shanghai until the Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War. Stutesman then was assigned to the Embassy of the United States, Tehran from 1949–1952. In 1974, Stutesman was the United States general council in Canada.[1][2]

Later life and death[edit]

Hale latterly lived in San Francisco with his wife.[3] He died in Fairfax, Virginia in June 2019 at the age of 98 and was buried in his hometown of Washington D.C..[4][5]


  1. ^ "ArchiveGrid : Reminiscences of John Hale Stutesman, Jr.: oral history, 1988". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  2. ^ "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Ulster-Scots from Allegheny & Westmoreland Co. PA". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  3. ^ "Interview with John H. Stutesman | Library of Congress". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  4. ^ Grace Cathedral, San Francisco: In Remembrance
  5. ^ Ancestry LifeStory: John Hale Stutesman Jr.