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Charles E. Bohlen

Charles E. BohlenAKA Charles Eustis Bohlen, Sr.

Born: 30-Aug-1904
Birthplace: Clayton, NY [1]
Died: 31-Dec-1974
Location of death: Washington, DC [2]
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified
Remains: Buried, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to USSR, 1953-57

A prime architect of the Cold War.


[1] Grindstone Island.

[2] Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.

Father: Charles Bohlen (banker)
Mother: Celestine Eustis Bohlen (socialite)
Wife: Avis Howard Thayer (m. 1935, two daughters, one son)
Daughter:
Avis Bohlen (diplomat, b. 20-Apr-1940)
Son: Charles E. Bohlen, Jr. (lawyer, b. 11-Apr-1947)
Daughter: Celestine Ellen Bohlen (b. 17-Dec-1950)

    High School: St. Paul's School, Concord, NH (expelled)
    University: BA History, Harvard University (1927)

    US Ambassador to France (1962-68)
    US State Department Special Assistant to Secretary of State (1959-62?)
    US Ambassador to the Philippines (1957-59)
    US Ambassador to the USSR (1953-57)
    Counselor of the Department of State (1951-53)
    Counselor of the Department of State (1947-49)
    US State Department Assistant to Secretary of State for White House liaison (1944-46)
    US State Department Chief, Division of Eastern European Affairs (1944)
    US State Department First Secretary, Moscow (1943-44)
    US State Department Assistant Chief of European Affairs (1943)
    US State Department Second Secretary, Tokyo (1940-41)
    US State Department Vice Consul, Moscow (1934-39)
    US State Department Vice Consul and Language Officer, Paris (1931-34)
    US State Department Vice Consul, Prague (1929-31)
    Porcellian Club
    Expelled from School

Author of books:
The Transformation of American Foreign Policy (1969)
Witness to History, 1929-1969 (1973, memoir)

Appears on postage stamps:
USA, Scott #4076e (39 cents, issued 30-May-2006, Distinguished American Diplomats)


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