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Vinton Chapin

ambassador , service officer.

Vinton Chapin, French ambassador, service officer. Served with United States Marine Corps, 1918-1919.


Chapin, Vinton was born on April 17, 1900 in Paris, France, (parents United States citizens). Son of Amory and Anna Marie (Dickinson) Chapin.


Graduated from St. Marks’ School, 1919. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1923.


With Lee Higginson Company, investment bankers, Boston, 1923-1926. Foreign service officer, 1927-1961. Vice consul. Prague, 1929, consul, 1930.

London Naval Conference, 1930. Secretary delegation to International Technology Cons. Committee on Radio Communication, Copenhagen, 1931.

Assistant to under-secretary state, 1931-1935. Divisional assistant, 1935. 2d secretary, Prague, 1936-1938.

London, 1938-1940, Dublin, 1940. American Legation (later Embassy), Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1941. 1st secretary American Embassy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1944, The Hague, Netherlands, 1946.

Counselor American Legation, Dublin, Ireland. 1947-1949. Manila, Philippines, 1949-1951. Faculty National War College, Washington, 1951-1952.

Foreign service inspector, 1953. Deputy assistant secretary general for political affairs North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Paris, 1952-1955. Counselor of embassy and minister American Embassy, Havana, 1955-1957.

Ambassador to Luxembourg, 1957-1960. With United States delegation United Nations Conference for International Organisation, San Francisco, California, 1945.


Served with United States Marine Corps, 1918-1919. Clubs: Chevy Chase (Maryland.).


Married Lilian Aldrich Winchester, January 25, 1938. Children by previous marriage: Richard, Charles Winchester, Gordon Winchester, Aldus.

Amory Chapin

Anna Marie (Dickinson) Chapin

Lilian Aldrich Winchester