Langhorne A. Motley

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Langhorne Motley
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Motley in 1975 as Alaska commerce commissioner.
United States Ambassador to Brazil
In office
October 6, 1981 – July 6, 1983
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert M. Sayre
Succeeded by Diego C. Asencio
Personal details
Born (1938-06-05) June 5, 1938 (age 78)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alma mater The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

Langhorne Anthony "Tony" Motley (born June 5, 1938 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a former United States Ambassador to Brazil (1981–83) [1] and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (1983–85).[2] He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Motley has a wife and two children. He received his Bachelor of Arts from The Citadel in 1960.

Early life[edit]

Time Magazine described Langhorne A. Motley as "The son of an American oil executive and a British-Brazilian mother, he was born and grew up amid sun-splashed privilege in Rio de Janeiro. After graduating from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Motley joined the Air Force and was posted from 1965 to 1967 in Panama—his only Central American experience—and later in Alaska. There he switched careers and founded what has since become the largest real estate firm in the state." [3]

Professional experience[edit]

Motley meeting with Ronald Reagan on the occasion of his appointment as ambassador, September 24, 1981.

Military service: USAF (1960–70) US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (1983–85) US Ambassador to Brazil (1981–83) Valeria, Inc. President (1980–81) Citizens for the Management of Alaska Lands, Inc. EVP (1977–80) Alaska State Official Commissioner of Commerce and Economic Development (1975–77) RODMAR, Inc. VP (-1974) Crescent Realty, Inc. President (c. 1972) Area Realtors, Inc. (Anchorage) VP (1970-) American Academy of Diplomacy Bayou Leader PAC Bush-Cheney '04 Council on Foreign Relations George W. Bush for President Board of Telos Corporation (2004–2006) John McCain 2008 Junior Achievement Board of Directors


  1. According to a Foreign Policy Article "The Art of Leaking" published January 20, 2010, "An assistant secretary of state, Langhorne A. Motley, once defined a leak as a "premature unauthorized partial disclosure." [4]
  2. According to a news item on the St. John's University Website "Ambassador Motley then discussed his experiences working with Latin America and some general principals of U.S. relations with Latin America in general, as well as specific countries. He also emphasized the importance and relevance of our country’s foreign policy towards Latin American nations. “Up through World War II, you could separate foreign policy from domestic policy,” said Ambassador Motley. “This is no longer true. Today many issues at the center of Latin American policy are also domestic issues.” [5]


  1. ^ [1] Press Release by Citadel in reference to a speech scheduled for Ambassador Motley
  2. ^ [2] NNDB website with basic information about Langhorne A. Motley
  3. ^ [3] Copy of Time Magazine Article Titled "A Charmer and a Pro" Dated June 13 th 1983
  4. ^ [4] Article from Foreign Policy Titled "The Art of Leaking"
  5. ^ [5] News Item Summary from 2007 Speech at St. John University Website
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert M. Sayre
United States Ambassador to Brazil
Succeeded by
Diego C. Asencio
Government offices
Preceded by
Thomas O. Enders
Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs
July 12, 1983 – July 3, 1985
Succeeded by
Elliott Abrams