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John Emil Peurifoy, American ambassador. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal of Department of State, 1950. member policy commn; member program adjustment commn; member requirements commn.


Peurifoy, John Emil was born on August 9, 1907 in Walterboro, South Carolina, United States. Son of John H. and Emily (Wright) Peurifoy.


Student United States Military Academy, 1926-1928, business administration, American University, 1935, international law, George Washington University, 1939-1940.


Assistant to insurance head, Kansas City Land Bank, 1928-1929. Insurance underwriter, New York, 1929-1931. Assistant manager and cashier The Childs County, New York City, 1931-1934.

Acting chief of section procurement division Treasury Department, Washington, District of Columbia, 1935-1937. Clerk United States Capitol, January-August 1938. Economics analyst, Labor Department, August-September, 1938, State Department, 1938-1939, divisional assistant, 1939-1942.

Member policy commission, reviews and appeals commission on export applications Board of Economics Warfare, 1942-1943. Detailed to Embassy, Rio de Janeiro, October-December 1942. Member program adjustment commission and alternate member requirements commission War Production Board, 1942-1944.

Executive officer, Office Public Information, State Department, 1944-1945. Special assistant to secretary general United Nations Conference on International Organisation, San Francisco, 1945. Acting deputy director Office of International Information and Cultural Affairs, and special assistant Office of Public Affairs, 1945-1946.

Special assistant to under secretary of State, March 24, 1946-1947. Acting assistant secretary of State, January 23-March 17, 1947, appointed assistant secretary of state, 1947, deputy under secretary, 1949-1950. Ambassador to Greece, 1950-1953, to Guatemala, 1953-1954, to Thailand, since 1954.


Member policy commn; member program adjustment commn. Member requirements commn.


Married Betty Jane Cox, October 2, 1936. Children: John Clinton, Daniel Byrd.

John H. Peurifoy

Emily (Wright) Peurifoy

Betty Jane Cox

John Clinton Peurifoy

Daniel Byrd Peurifoy