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John Gardner Coolidge


John Gardner Coolidge, American diplomat. Fellow Royal Geography Society (London).


Coolidge, John Gardner was born on July 4, 1863 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Joseph Randolph and Julia (Gardner) Coolidge.


Great-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson. Brother of Archibald Cary C. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1884.


Traveling in the Far East, then 4 years in S.A. and 4 years mainly in Europe. Was in Cuba, July 1898, and in the Philippines in early part of 1899, later visiting Samoa, the South Sea Islands, and Australia. Acted as United States vice-consul at Pretoria, South Africa, 1900 (1st year of Boer War).

Secretary legation and charge d’affaires, Peking, 1902-1906. Secretary embassy and charge d’affaires, City of Mexico, 1907-1908. Appointed Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Nicaragua, July 1, 1908, resigned November 26, 1908.

Special agent of Department of State to assist the American ambassador at Paris, November 27, 1914-August 1917. Special assistant in Department of State, July 1918-August 1919.


  • Author: Random Letters from Many Countries, 1924. A War Diary in Paris, 1914-1917, 1931.


Fellow Royal Geography Society (London).


Married Helen Granger Stevens, April.

Joseph Randolph Coolidge

Julia (Gardner) Coolidge

Helen Granger Stevens