Phillips Talbot

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Phillips Talbot, United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs, meeting Israel's PM David Ben-Gurion in Jerusalem

William Phillips Talbot (June 7, 1915 – October 1, 2010) was a United States Ambassador to Greece (1965-69) and, at his death, member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Council of American Ambassadors and the Council on Foreign Relations.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Talbot was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and served in the United States Navy during World War II.[3]



After graduating from University of Illinois in 1936, Talbot started as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News, where he remained from 1936-38. In 1939, having been turned down for a foreign correspondent position, he left the Chicago Daily News to take a position with the Institute of Current World Affairs in India where he reported on the Indian independence movement.[4] The Phillips Talbot Fellowship was named in his honor and is awarded yearly by the Institute to promising young journalists.[5]


Talbot was the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs from 1961-65 during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.[6]

Talbot served as President of Asia Society from 1970-1982 and was awarded the Padma Shri in March 2002[7] for his efforts in fomenting peace between India and America during his tenure as President.[8]


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  4. ^ "An absorbing partition saga through eyes of an American". Bombay News. 13 April 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan, a land of passion and peril". Star Tribune. June 26, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Path to Partition: A witness' account". Frontline (magazine). October 6, 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Honour for two Indologists". The Hindu. March 26, 2002. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
G. Lewis Jones
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
April 21, 1961 – September 1, 1965
Succeeded by
Raymond A. Hare
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Henry Richardson Labouisse, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Greece
Succeeded by
Henry J. Tasca