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Loy Wesley Henderson, American educator, foreign service officer. Decorated Insignia of Imperial Order Homayoun, 1st class (Iran); Grand Cross Royal Order George I (Greece); Commander de l'Ordre de la Republic of Tunisia; recipient award of merit Northwestern Alumni Association, 1952, Distinguished Service award Department of State, 1954, President's award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service, 1958.


Henderson, Loy Wesley was born on June 28, 1892 in Rogers, Arkansas, United States. Son of George Milton and Mary May (Davis) Henderson.


AB, Northwestern University, 1915. Doctor of Laws, Northwestern University, 1953. Student, Denver University Law School, 1918.

D.Pub. Service, Denver University Law School, 1953. Doctor of Laws, University Arkansas. Doctor of Laws, Bates College, 1957.

Doctor of Laws, Wayne University, 1962. D.Pub. Administration, Southwestern College, 1959.


Member Inter-Allied Commission to Germany for repatriation of prisoners of war, 1919;member, American Red Cross Commission to Western Russia and Baltic States, 1919-1920;in charge, American Red Cross, Germany, 1920-1921;vice consul, Dublin, 1922;vice consul, Queenstown, 1923;with division Eastern European Affairs, Department of State, 1930;3d secretary of ligation, Riga, Kovno and Tallinn, 1927;2d secretary, Riga, Kovno and Tallinn, 1929;with division Eastern European Affairs, Department of State, 1930;2d secretary, American Embassy, Moscow, 1934;1st secretary, American Embassy, Moscow, 1935;1st secretary and intermittently chargé d'affaires, American Embassy, Moscow, 1935-1938;assistant chief division European Affairs, Department of State, 1938;inspector diplomatic missions and consulate offices, 1942-1943;counselor of embassy and chargé d'affaires, Moscow and Kuibyshev, 1942;Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Iraq, 1943-1945;director Near Eastern and African Affairs, Department of State, 1945-1948;Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to India and Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Nepal, 1948;became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iran, 1951;deputy under secretary of state for administration, 1955;board consultant, National War College, 1957-1960;chief of mission to arrange for opening new diplomatic and consular establishments in newly emerging countries in Africa, 1960;retiredprofessor international relations, director Center for Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, American U., 1961-1968. Appointed United States career ambassador, 1956. Delegate 17th International Geological Congress, Moscow, 1937, Baghdad Pact Conference, Iran, 1956.

American member Suez Committee, Cairo, Suez Canal Conference, London and Cairo, 1956. Member United States delegate 2d Suez Canal Conference, London, 1956. American observer Baghdad Pact Meeting, 1957.


Board of directors American National Red Cross, 1957. Member American Foreign Service Association (president 1956), Washington Institute Foreign affairs (president 1961-1973, Chairman of the Board from 1973), Council on Foreign Affairs, Metropolitan Club, Cosmos Club, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Phi.

  • Member of Delta Tau Delta. Phi Delta Phi. Club: Racquet (Washington, District of Columbia).


Spouse Mary B. Brown, October 18, 1906, Boulder, Colorado.

George Milton Henderson

Mary May (Davis) Henderson

Elise Marie Heinrichson