Martin J. Silverstein

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Martin J. Silverstein (born 1954) is a Republican American attorney and diplomat.[1] He served as the United States Ambassador to Uruguay under George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2005.[1][2][3]


Martin J. Silverstein was born in New York City in 1954.[1][3] He received a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1976, a J.D. from Temple University in 1979, and an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.[1][2][3][4]

He practised law for twenty-five years in Philadelphia, and worked for the U.S. Court of International Trade.[3] He was also a Reserve Police Office in Elizabeth, New Jersey for eight years.[3] In 1999, he was a delegate on the Ukraine Presidential Election IRI Observation Mission.[3] While serving as ambassador to Uruguay from 2001 to 2005, he helped facilitate a $1.5 billion U.S. Treasury loan to salvage Uruguay's banking system.[4] Since leaving his post in 2005, he has been working as an attorney in New York.[5]

He has been involved with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Vietnam Veterans Committee for Better Legislation, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Lower Merion Historical Society.[3] He also serves on the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Board of Visitors at Temple University School of Law.[2][6]

He speaks Spanish and Hebrew.[2] He is married and has six children.[3]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Christopher C. Ashby
United States Ambassador to Uruguay
Succeeded by
Frank E. Baxter