Livingston T. Merchant

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Livingston T. Merchant

Livingston Tallmadge Merchant (November 23, 1903 – May 15, 1976) was a United States official and diplomat. He twice served as United States ambassador to Canada and was Under Secretary for Political Affairs from 1959 to 1961.

Merchant was educated at the Hotchkiss School and Princeton, where he was a member of the University Cottage Club and the Board of Trustees of Princeton University. He joined Scudder Stevens and Clark, an investment counselling firm. He became a general partner in 1930.[1]

In the early 1950s, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs (under Dean Rusk who served as Assistant Secretary for Far Eastern Affairs and Dean Acheson, then US Secretary of State) in the Truman administration.[2]

In 1964 he co-authored the Merchant-Heeney Report which examined bilateral relations between Canada and the United States. He later served as U.S. executive director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development between 1965 and 1968.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ *"Diplomat Livingston Merchant Dies". Washington Post. May 17, 1976. 
  2. ^ *Department of State (1977), Foreign Relations of the United States, 1951, Volume VI, Asia and the Pacific (two parts), Government Printing Office 
  3. ^ *"Livingston Merchant: Oral history". 

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Government offices
Preceded by
George Walbridge Perkins, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
March 16, 1953 – May 6, 1956
Succeeded by
Charles Burke Elbrick
Preceded by
Charles Burke Elbrick
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
November 18, 1958 – August 20, 1959
Succeeded by
Foy D. Kohler
Preceded by
Robert Daniel Murphy
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
December 4, 1959 – January 31, 1961
Succeeded by
George C. McGhee
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
R. Douglas Stuart
United States Ambassador to Canada
May 23, 1956 – November 6, 1958
Succeeded by
Richard B. Wigglesworth
Preceded by
Richard B. Wigglesworth
United States Ambassador to Canada
March 15, 1961 – May 26, 1962
Succeeded by
William Walton Butterworth