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Loy Wesley Henderson

Loy Wesley Henderson, American educator, foreign service officer. Decorated Insignia of Imperial Order Homayoun, 1st class (Iran); Grand Cross Royal Order George I (Greece); Commander de l'Ordre de la Republic of Tunisia; recipient award of merit Northwestern Alumni Association, 1952, Distinguished Service award Department of State, 1954, President's award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service, 1958.

Background

  • Henderson, Loy Wesley was born on June 28, 1892 in Rogers, Arkansas, United States. Son of George Milton and Mary May (Davis) Henderson.

  • Education

    • AB, Northwestern University, 1915. Doctor of Laws, Northwestern University, 1953. Student, Denver University Law School, 1918.

      D.Pub. Service, Denver University Law School, 1953. Doctor of Laws, University Arkansas. Doctor of Laws, Bates College, 1957.

      Doctor of Laws, Wayne University, 1962. D.Pub. Administration, Southwestern College, 1959.

    Career

    • Member Inter-Allied Commission to Germany for repatriation of prisoners of war, 1919. Member American Red Cross Commission to Western Russia and Baltic States, 1919-1920. In charge American Red Cross, Germany, 1920-1921.

      Vice consul Dublin, 1922, Queenstown, 1923. With div. Eastern European Affairs Department of State, 1930. 3d secretary of ligation Riga, Kovno and Tallinn, 1927.

      2d secretary, 1929; with div. Eastern European Affairs Department of State, 1930. 2d secretary American Embassy, Moscow, 1934, 1st secretary, 1935, 1st secretary and intermittently chargé d'affaires, 1935-1938.

      Assistant chief div. European Affairs Department of State, 1938. Inspector diplomatic missions and consulate offices, 1942-1943. Counselor of embassy and chargé d'affaires Moscow and Kuibyshev, 1942.

      Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Iraq, 1943-1945. Director Near Eastern and African Affairs Department of State, 1945-1948. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to India and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Nepal, 1948.

      Became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iran, 1951. Deputy under secretary of state for administration, 1955. Board consultant National War College, 1957-1960.

      Chief of mission to arrange for opening new diplomatic and consular establishments in newly emerging countries in Africa, 1960. Retired; professor international relations, director Center for Diplomacy and Foreign Policy American University, 1961-1968. Appointed United States career ambassador, 1956.

      Delegate 17th International Geological Congress, Moscow, 1937, Baghdad Pact Conference, Iran, 1956. American member Suez Committee, Cairo, Suez Canal Conference, London and Cairo, 1956. Member United States delegate 2d Suez Canal Conference, London, 1956.

      American observer Baghdad Pact Meeting, 1957.

    Membership

    Board directors American National Red Cross, 1957. Member American Foreign Service Association (president 1956), Washington Institute Foreign affairs (president 1961-1973, chairman board from 1973), Council on Foreign Affairs, Metropolitan Club, Cosmos Club, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Phi.

    Connections

    • Married Elise Marie Heinrichson, December 3, 1930.
    • father: George Milton Henderson
    • mother: Mary May (Davis) Henderson
    • spouse: Elise Marie Heinrichson
    Loy Wesley Henderson
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    Born June 28, 1892
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    • 1915
      Northwestern University
    • 1953
      Northwestern University
    • 1918
      Denver University Law School
    • 1953
      Denver University Law School
    • 1957
      Bates College
    • 1962
      Wayne University
    • 1959
      Southwestern College
    • 1919
      Member, Inter-Allied Commission to Germany for repatriation of prisoners of war
    • 1919 - 1920
      member, American Red Cross Commission to Western Russia and Baltic States
    • 1920 - 1921
      in charge American Red Cross
      Germany
    • 1922
      vice consul Dublin
      Queenstown, Maryland, United States
    • 1923
      vice consul Dublin
      Queenstown, Maryland, United States
    • 1927
      3d secretary, of ligation Riga
    • 1929
      2nd secretary
    • 1930
      with division Eastern European Affairs Department of State
    • 1930
      with division Eastern European Affairs Department of State
    • 1934
      2nd secretary, American Embassy
      Moscow, Idaho, United States
    • 1938
      assistant, chief division European Affairs Department of State
    • 1942 - 1943
      inspector diplomatic missions and consulate offices
    • 1942
      counsel, or of embassy and charg+? d'affaires Moscow and Kuibyshev
    • 1943 - 1945
      Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Iraq
    • 1945 - 1948
      director, Near Eastern and African Affairs Department of State
    • 1948
      Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to India and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Nepal
    • 1951
      became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iran
    • 1955
      deputy under secretary, of state for administration
    • 1957 - 1960
      board consultant, National War College
    • 1960
      chief of mission to arrange for opening new diplomatic and consular establishments in newly emerging countries in Africa
    • 1961 - 1968
      professor, Center for Diplomacy and Foreign Policy American University
    • 1961 - 1968
      director, Center for Diplomacy and Foreign Policy American University
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