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Foreign service officer

Key of Tennessee, a descendant of David M. Key, served as United States Ambassador to Burma from March 1950 to October 1951, and later as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs of the State Department.


Key, David McKendree was born on February 4, 1900 in Tokyo. Son of Albert Lenoir and Grace (Condit-Smith) Key.


Student, The Groton School, Massachusetts, 1912-1918;Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1922;postgraduate, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, England, 1922-1923;postgraduate, Georgetown School Foreign Service, Washington, 1923-1924.


Detailed to, Department State, 1925;vice consul of career at, Antwerp, Belgium, 1926;3d secretary embassy, Berlin, 1927;3d secretary embassy, London, England., 1929;attended, Disarmament Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, 1932;attended, London Economics Conference, 1933;assistant chief, Division Current Information, 1934;consul, 2d secretary, Ottawa, Ontario, 1936;1st secretary embassy, Rome, 1940;assistant liaison officer, Department State, 1941-1944;consul general, Barcelona, Spain, 1944-1945;counselor of embassy, Rome, 1945-1946;counselor of embassy, Rio do Janeiro, Brazil, 1947-1949;ambassador to, Burma, 1950-1952;Far Eastern adviser, United States delegate 6th, 7th, 8th general assemblies United Nations, 1952-1953;assistant secretary state international organization affairs, 1953-1955;general manager, American Foreign Service Association, 1957-1961;president, Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired Inc., 1957-1958.


Served with United States Marine Corps, World War I. Member of Alibi (Washington), Dacor House (Washington).


Married Marjorie Wright, February 7, 1925. Children– Albert Lenoir II, David McKendree, Marjorie.

Albert Lenoir Key

Grace (Condit-Smith) Key

Marjorie Wright

Albert Lenoir II Key

David McKendree Key

Marjorie Key