United States Ambassador to Venezuela

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Ambassador of the United States to Venezuela
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Incumbent
Lee McClenny
as Chargé d’Affaires

since July 2014
Nominator The President of the United States
Inaugural holder John G. A. Williamson
as Chargé d'Affaires
Formation June 30, 1835
Website U.S. Embassy - Caracas

The following is a list of United States ambassadors, or other chiefs of mission, to Venezuela. The title given by the United States State Department to this position is currently Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. The ambassadors are posted at the Embassy of the United States, Caracas.

Ambassadors[edit]

Representative Title Presentation
of Credentials
Termination
of Mission
Appointed by
John G. A. Williamson Chargé d'Affaires June 30, 1835 August 7, 1840[1] Andrew Jackson
A. A. Hall Chargé d'Affaires September 22, 1841 November 29, 1844 John Tyler
Vespasian Ellis Chargé d'Affaires November 29, 1844 August 1, 1845
Benjamin G. Shields Chargé d'Affaires August 1, 1845 January 2, 1850 James K. Polk
I. Nevitt Steele Chargé d'Affaires January 7, 1850 October 18, 1853 Zachary Taylor
Charles Eames Chargé d'Affaires May 23, 1854 September 2, 1854 Franklin Pierce
Minister Resident September 2, 1854 September 14, 1858
Edward A. Turpin Minister Resident September 21, 1858 November 16, 1861 James Buchanan
Henry T. Blow Minister Resident June 8, 1861[2] February 22, 1862 Abraham Lincoln
Erastus D. Culver Minister Resident October 7, 1862 May 17, 1866
James Wilson Minister Resident October 10, 1866 August 8, 1867[1] Andrew Johnson
Thomas N. Stilwell Minister Resident December 16, 1867 June 7, 1868
James R. Partridge Minister Resident July 8, 1869 May 9, 1870 Ulysses S. Grant
William A. Pile Minister Resident October 9, 1871 January 9, 1874
Thomas Russell Minister Resident July 4, 1874 January 29, 1877[3]
Jehu Baker Minister Resident March 18, 1878 September 5, 1881 Rutherford B. Hayes
George W. Carter Minister Resident September 1881 May 16, 1882 Chester A. Arthur
Jehu Baker Minister Resident May 16, 1882 July 7, 1884 Rutherford B. Hayes[4]
Minister Resident/Consul General July 7, 1884 June 20, 1885 Chester A. Arthur
Charles L. Scott Minister Resident/Consul General June 24, 1885 September 18, 1888 Grover Cleveland
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary September 18, 1888 January 18, 1889
William L. Scruggs Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary May 30, 1889 December 15, 1892 Benjamin Harrison
Frank C. Partridge Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary March 4, 1893 January 9, 1894 Grover Cleveland
Seneca Haselton Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary July 14, 1894 May 1, 1895
Allen Thomas Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary July 22, 1895 June 30, 1897
Francis B. Loomis Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary October 6, 1897 March 25, 1901[5] William McKinley
Herbert W. Bowen Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary August 24, 1901 May 1, 1905
William W. Russell Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary August 22, 1905 March 8, 1908 Theodore Roosevelt
Jacob Sleeper Chargé d'Affaires ad interim[6] March 8, 1908 March 15, 1909
William W. Russell Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary March 15, 1909 March 24, 1910 William H. Taft
John W. Garrett Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary March 30, 1911 October 21, 1911
Elliott Northcott Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary February 14, 1912 June 3, 1913
Preston Buford McGoodwin Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary October 22, 1913 October 5, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
Willis C. Cook Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary February 1, 1922 May 7, 1929 Warren G. Harding
George T. Summerlin Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary February 21, 1930 January 15, 1935 Herbert Hoover
Meredith Nicholson Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary April 22, 1935 April 14, 1938 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Antonio C. Gonzalez Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary May 18, 1938 February 8, 1939
Frank P. Corrigan Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 14, 1939 September 5, 1947
Walter J. Donnelly Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary December 1, 1947 September 2, 1950 Harry S. Truman
Norman Armour Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary December 7, 1950 October 2, 1951
Fletcher Warren Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary November 21, 1951 March 24, 1956
Dempster McIntosh Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary April 26, 1956 December 27, 1957 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Edward J. Sparks Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary March 19, 1958 April 15, 1961
Teodoro Moscoso Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 23, 1961 November 21, 1961 John F. Kennedy
C. Allen Stewart Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary March 14, 1962 November 28, 1964
Maurice M. Bernbaum Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary March 4, 1965 July 9, 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
Robert McClintock Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary July 7, 1970 March 14, 1975 Richard Nixon
Harry W. Shlaudeman Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 9, 1975 May 14, 1976 Gerald Ford
Viron P. Vaky Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary July 26, 1976 June 24, 1978
William H. Luers Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 9, 1978 June 28, 1982 Jimmy Carter
George W. Landau Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 25, 1982 June 4, 1985 Ronald Reagan
Otto J. Reich Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary June 6, 1986 July 17, 1989
Kenneth N. Skoug, Jr. Chargés d'Affaires ad interim July 17, 1989 September 1990 George H. W. Bush
Robert C. Felder Chargés d'Affaires ad interim September 1990 November 19, 1990
Michael Martin Skol Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary November 19, 1990 August 23, 1993
Jeffrey Davidow Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 1, 1993 May 16, 1996 Bill Clinton
John F. Keane[7] Chargé d'Affaires ad interim April 1996 May 1997
John Francis Maisto Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary March 21, 1997 August 7, 2000
Donna Jean Hrinak Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 25, 2000 January 23, 2002
Charles S. Shapiro Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary March 19, 2002 August 2004 George W. Bush
William Brownfield Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 27, 2004[8] July 2007
Patrick Duddy[9] Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 6, 2007[10] September 2008[11]
John Caulfield Chargé d'Affaires ad interim September 2008[12] June 2009 [13]
Patrick Duddy[9] Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary June 2009 [13] July 2010 Barack Obama
Phil Laidlaw Chargé d'Affaires ad interim July 2010 [14] July 2014  
Lee McClenny Chargé d'Affaires en pied July 2014 [15] Incumbent  
Larry Leon Palmer[16] Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Not commissioned Barack Obama

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References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b Died at post
  2. ^ Never presented credentials
  3. ^ Venezuelan government refused to have further dealings with him.
  4. ^ Because Baker had not presented a letter of recall in 1881, he resumed his functions as Minister Resident on May 16, 1882 without reaccreditation under his original appointment.
  5. ^ Recall requested by Venezuelan government
  6. ^ The U.S. severed relations with Venezuela on June 20, 1908
  7. ^ "US Ambassador to Venezuela". NNDB. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  8. ^ Date of Brownfield’s appointment, rather than of Presentation of Credentials.
  9. ^ a b Ambassador Duddy was declared persona non grata and expelled by the Venezuelan government in September 2008. He was returned to his post by mutual agreement of the U.S. and Venezuelan governments in 2009. Duddy completed his tour in July 2010. "Background Note: Venezuela". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  10. ^ Date of Duddy’s swearing in, rather than of Presentation of Credentials.
  11. ^ "Estados Unidos expulsam embaixador venezuelano". Público. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  12. ^ http://venezuela.usembassy.gov/?b=14&lang=en
  13. ^ a b "Patrick Duddy". United States Department of State. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110101/D9KFO2BG0.html
  15. ^ "U.S. Re-Establishing Direct Diplomatic Relations With Venezuela - More 'Productive' That Way". Fox News Latino. 2014-07-10. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  16. ^ On June 28, 2010, President Obama had nominated Ambassador Palmer for the post and the government of Venezuela had agreed, but December 20, 2010 the Venezuelan government revoked agreement for Ambassador-designate Palmer, which had been issued in May. "Background Note: Venezuela". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
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