List of ambassadors of the United States to Greece

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Ambassador of the United States to Greece
U.S. Department of State official seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Geoffrey R. Pyatt

since October 24, 2016
NominatorThe President of the United States
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Inaugural holderCharles Keating Tuckerman
as Minister
WebsiteU.S. Embassy - Athens

U.S. diplomatic terms

Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate to remain in office.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime".

This is a list of United States Ambassadors to Greece.

List of Ambassadors[edit]

List of Ambassadors from the United States to Greece.[1]



The U.S. Embassy in Athens was closed July 14, 1941, after the German occupation of Greece. The United States maintained diplomatic relations with the government-in-exile of Greece in London (1941–43) and then in Cairo (1943–44). Ambassador MacVeagh reopened the embassy on October 27, 1944.[3]

The U.S. Legation was raised to Embassy status on September 29, 1942. This action also would promote Minister Biddle to the rank of Ambassador, which required a new appointment. The appointment was promptly made by President Roosevelt and confirmed by the Senate. Ambassador Biddle presented his credentials to the government of Greece on October 30, 1942.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Political Graveyard
  2. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts" (Press release). White House Press Office. May 19, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Greece". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2011-05-10.

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