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Clifton R. Wharton

AKA Clifton Reginald Wharton, Sr.

Born: 11-May-1899
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
Died: 23-Apr-1983
Location of death: Phoenix, AZ
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First Black Career US Ambassador

Military service: US Army (1918)

Also first black Foreign Service Officer.

Father: William B. Wharton
Mother: Rosalind Griffin
Wife: Harriette Banks (m. 1924, div., three sons, one daughter)
Son: Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. (economist, b. 1926)
Son: William B. Wharton
Wife: Evangeline L. Spears (m. 1949)

    Law School: LLB, Boston University (1920)
    Law School: LLM, Boston University (1923)

    US Ambassador to Norway (1961-64)
    US Ambassador to Romania (1958-60)
    US State Department Consul General, Marseille, France (1953-58)
    US State Department Consul-General, Lisbon, Portugal (1950-53)
    US State Department Consul, Lisbon, Portugal (1949-50)
    US State Department Consul, Ponta Delgada, Azores (1945-49, American maritime delegation until Jul-1945)
    US State Department Consul, Antananarivo, Madagascar (1942-45)
    US State Department Consul and Second Secretary, Monrovia, Liberia (1936-38)
    US State Department Consul, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (1930-41)
    US State Department Vice Consul, Monrovia, Liberia (1925-29)
    US State Department Law clerk (1924-25)
    Massachusetts Bar Association (1920, practiced law in Boston until 1924)

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


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