United States Ambassador to Tunisia

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Ambassador of the United States to Tunisia
سفارة الولايات المتحدة في تونس
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Incumbent
Jacob Walles

since July 21, 2012
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Morris N. Hughes
as Chargé d'Affaires
Formation June 6, 1956
Website U.S. Embassy - Tunis

The following is a list of United States Ambassadors to Tunisia.

Ambassadors[edit]

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).

Appointed
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.

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. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • Morris N. Hughes[1] - Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires
    • Appointment: June 6, 1956
    • Presentation of Credentials: June 6, 1956
    • Termination of Mission: Superseded, October 4, 1956
  • G. Lewis Jones - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 27, 1956
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 4, 1956
    • Termination of Mission: Presented new credentials on December 9, 1957, when Tunisia became a republic; left post June 11, 1959
  • Walter N. Walmsley - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 28, 1959
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 4, 1959
    • Termination of Mission: Left post July 25, 1962
  • Francis H. Russell - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 10, 1962
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 16, 1962
    • Termination of Mission: Left post July 18, 1969
  • John A. Calhoun - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 8, 1969
    • Presentation of Credentials: July 24, 1969
    • Termination of Mission: Left post May 31, 1972
  • Talcott W. Seelye - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 11, 1972
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 20, 1972
    • Termination of Mission: Left post March 22, 1976
  • Edward W. Mulcahy - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: March 4, 1976
    • Presentation of Credentials: May 31, 1976
    • Termination of Mission: Left post January 5, 1979
  • Stephen Warren Bosworth - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: February 9, 1979
    • Presentation of Credentials: March 27, 1979
    • Termination of Mission: Left post June 22, 1981
  • Walter Leon Cutler - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: December 11, 1981
    • Presentation of Credentials: March 2, 1982
    • Termination of Mission: Left post January 2, 1984
  • Peter Sebastian - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 11, 1984
    • Presentation of Credentials: July 3, 1984
    • Termination of Mission: Left post February 19, 1987
  • Robert H. Pelletreau - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 15, 1987
    • Presentation of Credentials: July 1, 1987
    • Termination of Mission: Left post May 11, 1991
  • John T. McCarthy - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 2, 1991
    • Presentation of Credentials: August 2, 1991
    • Termination of Mission: Left post July 16, 1994
  • Mary Ann Casey - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 5, 1994
    • Presentation of Credentials: September 23, 1994
    • Termination of Mission: Left post July 18, 1997
  • Robin Lynn Raphel - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: November 7, 1997
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 18, 1997
    • Termination of Mission: Left post August 6, 2000
  • Rust McPherson Deming - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: December 28, 2000
    • Presentation of Credentials: November 30, 2001
    • Termination of Mission: Left post May 17, 2003
  • William J. Hudson - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Dec 12, 2003
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jan 12, 2004
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Apr 14, 2006
  • Robert F. Godec - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 30, 2006
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jan 17, 2007
    • Termination of Mission: 2009
  • Gordon Gray - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: August 20, 2009
    • Presentation of Credentials: November 19, 2009
    • Termination of Mission: July 5, 2012
  • Jacob Walles - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: June 21, 2012
    • Presentation of Credentials: July 26, 2012
    • Termination of Mission: Incumbent

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Neither commissioned nor accredited; designated effective June 5, 1956, on which date the Embassy in Tunis was established. Officially recognized on June 6, 1956.
  2. ^ Nomination not acted on by the Senate.

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