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Herbert Henry Davis Peirce


Herbert Henry Davis Peirce, American diplomat.


Peirce, Herbert Henry Davis was born on April 11, 1849 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Professor Benjamin P. (the leading mathematician of his time).


Mother was d. United States Senator Mills, of Massachusetts. Brother of Charles Santiago Sanders P. Educated Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Exeter, N.H., and Harvard class of 1871.

Studied geology Royal School of Mines, London.


Appointed secretary United States Legation at St. Petersburg, Russia, May 1894. Attended coronation of Nicholas II, May 1896. Appointed 1st secretary of Embassy, 1898-1901.

Served 10 times as United States charge d’affaires. Appointed, November 15, 1901, 3d assistant secretary of State, in which capacity had charge, under orders from the President, of the reception of the plenipotentiaries of Russia and Japan and of the arrangements for their deliberation during their negotations for peace, held at Portsmouth, N.H., 1905, receiving from them. August 20 of that year, for communication to the President, the first announcement of peace.

Appointed special counsel for the claimants and counsel for the United States Government in arbitration cases between the United States and Russia, which was decided in favor of the United States by Mr. T. M. C. Asser, the Dutch arbitrator, November 29, 1902. Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Norway, June 22, 1906-May 31, 1911, when retired from diplomatic service.

Counsel for United States in American and British Claims Arbitration, since 1912. Assigned to American Embassy as special agent to assist the American ambassador, with rank of minister plenipotentiary, February 1915. Commandeur, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honneur of France, May 16, 1902.

Order of the Double Dragon, China, 1903. Grand Cross of St. Olaf, Norway, May 31, 1911. Home: Petrograd, Russia.


Married Helen N. Jose.

Professor Benjamin P. Peirce

Helen N. Jose.