John N. Irwin, II

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John N. Irwin
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United States Ambassador to France
In office
March 23, 1973 – October 20, 1974
Preceded by Arthur K. Watson
Succeeded by Kenneth Rush
26th United States Under Secretary of State
In office
September 21, 1970 – July 12, 1972
Preceded by Elliot L. Richardson
Succeeded by None
Personal details
Born John Nichol Irwin, II
December 31, 1913
Keokuk, Iowa United States
Died February 28, 2000(2000-02-28) (aged 86)
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jane Watson (died 1970), Jane Reimers
Children John, Jane, Watkins (stepchild), Thomas (stepchild), Carl (stepchild)
Profession Diplomat, Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

John Nichol Irwin, II (December 31, 1913 – February 28, 2000) was a United States diplomat and attorney during the Cold War.[1] During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific as a member of General Douglas MacArthur's staff and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.[2]

He was the last person to hold the position of Under Secretary of State when that was the U.S. State Department's second-ranking office (1970-1972). Then, he was the first person to hold the office that replaced Under Secretary: the "Deputy Secretary" of State (1972-1973). In both capacities, his superior was Secretary William P. Rogers. Irwin subsequently served as U.S. Ambassador to France.[1]


  1. ^ a b "John N. Irwin II". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  2. ^ New York Times obituary