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Ellis O. Briggs

AKA Ellis Ormsbee Briggs

Born: 1-Dec-1899
Birthplace: Undetermined Location, MA
Died: 21-Feb-1976
Location of death: Gainesville, GA
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to South Korea, 1952-55

Turned down what would have been his eighth ambassadorship (to Spain) due to illness.

Wife: Lucy Barnard Briggs (m. 1928, d.)
Daughter: Lucy Therina Briggs (b. 20-Dec-1930, d. 1994)
Son: Everett Briggs (ambassador, b. 1934)

    University: BA, Dartmouth College (1921)
    Teacher: Geography and English, Robert College, Istanbul (1921-23)

    US Ambassador to Greece (1959-62)
    US Ambassador to Brazil (1956-59)
    US Ambassador to Peru (1955-56)
    US Ambassador to South Korea (1952-55)
    US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1949-52)
    US Ambassador to Uruguay (1947-49)
    US State Department Director, Office of American Republic Affairs (1945-47)
    US State Department Economic Counselor, Chungking (1945)
    US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (1944-45)
    US State Department Chief, Division of Carribean and Central American Affairs (1944)
    US State Department First Secretary, Havana, Cuba (1941-44)
    US State Department Consul-First Secretary, Santiago, Chile (1940-41)
    US State Department Special Mission to East Coast of South America (1940)
    US State Department Assistant Chief, Division of American Republics (1937-1940)
    US State Department Third Secretary, Havana, Peru (1933-37)
    US State Department Third Secretary, Lima, Peru (1928-33)
    US State Department Vice Consul, Lima, Peru (1926-28)
    Presidential Medal of Freedom

Author of books:
Shots Heard Round the World: An Ambassador's Hunting Adventures on Four Continents (1957, memoir)
Farewell to Foggy Bottom: The Recollections of a Career Diplomat (1964, memoir)
Anatomy of Diplomacy: The Origin and Execution of American Foreign Policy (1968, international affairs)
Proud Servant: Memoirs of a Career Ambassador (1998, memoir)


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