Reginald Tower

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Sir Reginald Thomas Tower KCMG CVO FSA (1 September 1860 – 21 January 1939) was a British diplomat whose career lasted from 1885 to 1920.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tower was educated at Harrow School and then Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with an MA in 1887.[2]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Reginald Tower served in the following diplomatic positions:[1]

In 1907, while British Ambassador to Mexico, Tower donated a trophy in order to establish the Copa México. For this reason, in the early days of the competition it was known as the Copa Tower.

Tower was the British Ambassador in Argentina and Paraguay for the duration of the First World War. During the war years he worked energetically to secure British wheat imports from Argentina, and to persuade British-owned companies to suspend German employees and refuse to do business with German firms.[5]

In 1904 Tower was awarded the Grand Cross of the Frederick Order of Württemberg. He was made a member of the Royal Victoria Order in 1906, and a Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1911. Tower's career ended with his retirement in 1920. Three portraits are held by the National Portrait Gallery, London.[6]

Reginald Tower was a member of the Travellers' Club and the Royal Automobile Club.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Who's Who UK online
  2. ^ "Tower, Reginald Thomas (TWR879RT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "No. 27372". The London Gazette. 5 November 1901. p. 7144. 
  4. ^ "Court circular". The Times (36651). London. 30 December 1901. p. 7. 
  5. ^ Gravil, Roger. 'The Anglo-Argentine Connection and the War of 1914–1918' in Journal of Latin American Studies, 1977, pp. 59–89
  6. ^ National Portrait Gallery website