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Vinton Chapin

Vinton Chapin, French ambassador, service officer. Served with United States Marine Corps, 1918-1919.


  • Chapin, Vinton was born on April 17, 1900 in Paris, France, (parents United States citizens). Son of Amory and Anna Marie (Dickinson) Chapin.

  • Education

    • Graduated from St. Marks’ School, 1919. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1923.


    • With Lee Higginson Company, investment bankers, Boston, 1923-1926. Foreign service officer, 1927-1961. Vice consul. Prague, 1929, consul, 1930.

      London Naval Conference, 1930. Secretary delegation to International Technology Cons. Committee on Radio Communication, Copenhagen, 1931.

      Assistant to under-secretary state, 1931-1935. Divisional assistant, 1935. 2d secretary, Prague, 1936-1938.

      London, 1938-1940, Dublin, 1940. American Legation (later Embassy), Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1941. 1st secretary American Embassy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1944, The Hague, Netherlands, 1946.

      Counselor American Legation, Dublin, Ireland. 1947-1949. Manila, Philippines, 1949-1951. Faculty National War College, Washington, 1951-1952.

      Foreign service inspector, 1953. Deputy assistant secretary general for political affairs North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Paris, 1952-1955. Counselor of embassy and minister American Embassy, Havana, 1955-1957.

      Ambassador to Luxembourg, 1957-1960. With United States delegation United Nations Conference for International Organisation, San Francisco, California, 1945.


    Served with United States Marine Corps, 1918-1919. Clubs: Chevy Chase (Maryland.).


    • Married Lilian Aldrich Winchester, January 25, 1938. Children by previous marriage: Richard, Charles Winchester, Gordon Winchester, Aldus.
    • father: Amory Chapin
    • mother: Anna Marie (Dickinson) Chapin
    • spouse: Lilian Aldrich Winchester
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    Born April 17, 1900
    Died September 15, 1982
    (aged 82)