John Reinhardt

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John Reinhardt
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United States Ambassador to Nigeria
In office
December 3, 1971 – February 23, 1975
President Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded by William C. Trueheart
Succeeded by Donald B. Easum
Personal details
Born John Edward Reinhardt
(1920-03-08)March 8, 1920
Knoxville, Tennessee
Died February 18, 2016(2016-02-18) (aged 95)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Alma mater Knoxville College
University of Chicago
University of Wisconsin-Madison

John Edward Reinhardt (March 8, 1920 – February 18, 2016) was an American ambassador and diplomat.

Reinhardt was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating from Knoxville College in 1939, he attended the University of Chicago, initially pursuing a graduate degree in English, but did not finish on account to serving in World War II. His doctorate in English was completed in 1950 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1] He was the American ambassador to Nigeria from 1971 to 1975, becoming one of the first black ambassadors. From 1975 to 1977, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. He became the director of the United States Information Agency from 1977 to 1980. He was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1980 to 1987[2] Reinhardt later was a professor of political science at the University of Vermont from 1987 to 1991.

On June 16, 2004 he joined a group of twenty seven called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change opposing the Iraq War. He died on February 18, 2016.[3]


  1. The Political Graveyard
  2. US Institute of Peace at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2003)
Government offices
Preceded by
Carol Laise
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
April 22, 1975 – March 22, 1977
Succeeded by
Hodding Carter III
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William C. Trueheart
United States Ambassador to Nigeria
Succeeded by
Donald B. Easum