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John Lindsley Tappin

John Lindsley Tappin, American ambassador. Decorated Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Ribbon (United States); Order of British Empire; Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with palm (France); Commander’s Cross Order of Palonia Restituta; Commander Crown of Italy; Czechoslovak War Cross; Brazilian Medalha da Guerra.


  • Tappin, John Lindsley was born on January 22, 1906 in New York City. Son of Lindsley and Elise Irving (Huntington) Tappin.

  • Education

    • Graduated from St. Mark’s School, 1924. Student Princeton, 1924-1928.


    • 1 daughter, Halina Huntington. Engaged in merchandising, selling, public relations, New York City, 1928-1940. Civilian technical consultant G-3 div.

      War Department, 1940-1942. Assistant to under secretary commerce, 1947-1948. Special assistant to deputy United States special representative in Europe, ECA, 1948-1950, special assistant to deputy administrator in Washington, 1950-1952.

      Director foreign origins div. National Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon Headquarters, also consultant personal staff President-Elect Eisenhower, 1952-1953. Consultant to secretary of state, also special assistant to under secretary of state for administration, 1953-1954.

      United States ambassador to Libya, since 1954.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Served from captain to colonel Army of the United States, 1942-1947, European Theatre of Operations. Member Society Colonial Wars, United States Squash Racquets Association (Executive Committee). Clubs: Princeton (New York City, Washington).


    • Married Helena Maria Krazcek, February 15, 1946.
    • father: Lindsley Tappin
    • mother: Elise Irving (Huntington) Tappin
    • spouse: Helena Maria Krazcek
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    Born January 22, 1906
    Died December, 1964
    (aged 58)