Thomas Cleland Dawson

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Thomas Cleland Dawson
7th United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
In office
July 23, 1904 – May 5, 1907
Preceded by William F. Powell
Succeeded by Fenton R. McCreery
8th United States Ambassador to Colombia
In office
October 16, 1907 – April 25, 1909
Preceded by John Barrett
Succeeded by Elliott Northcott
24th United States Ambassador to Chile
In office
August 20, 1909 – November 16, 1909
Preceded by John Hicks
Succeeded by Henry P. Fletcher
6th United States Ambassador to Panama
In office
September 24, 1910 – December 1, 1910
Preceded by R. S. Reynolds Hitt
Succeeded by Henry Percival Dodge

Thomas Cleland Dawson (July 30, 1865 – May 1, 1912) was a career United States diplomat.


Born in Hudson, Wisconsin, Dawson received his bachelor's degree from Hanover College and his law degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law. He also studied at Harvard University. Dawson practiced law in Des Moines, Iowa and Council Bluffs, Iowa and was an assistant Iowa Attorney General. He was also a newspaper publisher. Dawson entered the diplomatic service in 1891, when he was appointed Secretary of Legation in Brazil. He was U.S. minister and consul general to the Dominican Republic (1904‑1907), during which term he negotiated the American-Dominican Fiscal Convention of 1907; then ambassador to Colombia (1907‑1909), Chile (1909), and Panama (1910). He is the author of The South American Republics (2 vols., 1903 and 1904).[1][2]


  1. ^ 'Wisconsin Biographical Dictionary,' Caryn Hannan, North American Book Dist LCC: 2008, Biographical Sketch of Thomas Cleland Dawson, pg.100-101
  2. ^ Database

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