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John Lindsley Tappin

American ambassador.

John Lindsley Tappin, American ambassador. Decorated Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Ribbon (United States); Order of British Empire; Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with palm (France); Commander’s Cross Order of Palonia Restituta; Commander Crown of Italy; Czechoslovak War Cross; Brazilian Medalha da Guerra.


Tappin, John Lindsley was born on January 22, 1906 in New York City. Son of Lindsley and Elise Irving (Huntington) Tappin.


Graduated from St. Mark’s School, 1924. Student Princeton, 1924-1928.


1 daughter, Halina Huntington. Engaged in merchandising, selling, public relations, New York City, 1928-1940. Civilian technical consultant G-3 div.

War Department, 1940-1942. Assistant to under secretary commerce, 1947-1948. Special assistant to deputy United States special representative in Europe, ECA, 1948-1950, special assistant to deputy administrator in Washington, 1950-1952.

Director foreign origins div. National Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon Headquarters, also consultant personal staff President-Elect Eisenhower, 1952-1953. Consultant to secretary of state, also special assistant to under secretary of state for administration, 1953-1954.

United States ambassador to Libya, since 1954.


Served from captain to colonel Army of the United States, 1942-1947, European Theatre of Operations. Member Society Colonial Wars, United States Squash Racquets Association (Executive Committee). Clubs: Princeton (New York City, Washington).


Married Helena Maria Krazcek, February 15, 1946.

Lindsley Tappin

Elise Irving (Huntington) Tappin

Helena Maria Krazcek