Selden Chapin

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Selden Chapin in the Netherlands in 1951

Selden Chapin (September 19, 1899 – March 26, 1963) was a career foreign service officer and United States diplomat.


Selden Chapin was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1919 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1919 to 1925. He married Mary Paul Noyes, March 30, 1927.

He was appointed a foreign service officer in March 1925. He was the U.S. ambassador to Hungary, Iran, Netherlands, Peru and Panama. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

His son was Frederic L. Chapin, ambassador to Ethiopia and Guatemala. His niece and ward is Hope Cooke, wife of the former king of Sikkim.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
H.F. Arthur Schoenfeld
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Hungary
Succeeded by
Nathaniel P. Davis
Preceded by
Herman B. Baruch
United States Ambassador to the Netherlands
October 27, 1949 – October 30, 1953
Succeeded by
H. Freeman Matthews
Preceded by
John C. Wiley
United States Ambassador to Panama
January 2, 1954 – May 29, 1955
Succeeded by
Julian F. Harrington
Preceded by
Loy W. Henderson
United States Ambassador to Iran
Succeeded by
Edward T. Wailes
Preceded by
Theodore Achilles
United States Ambassador to Peru
May 7, 1960 – August 7, 1960
Succeeded by
James Loeb