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William Smith Culbertson


William Smith Culbertson, American lawyer. Recipient several foreign decorations.


Culbertson, William Smith was born on August 5, 1884 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George and Jennie (Smith) Culbertson.


Bachelor of Arts, College of Emporia, Kansas, 1907, LL. D. Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1908. Doctor of Philosophy., 1911.

Special studies universities Leipzig and Berlin. Doctor of Laws, Georgetown University, 1931.


Examiner United States Tariff Board, 1910-1912. Practice law, Washington, 1912-1915. Member firm McLanahan, Burton & Culbertson, 1914-1915.

Representative Federal Trade Commission, 1915-1916, special counsel, member board review, 1916-1917. Member United States Tariff Commission, 1917-1925, vice chairman, 1922-1925. Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Rumania, 1925-1928.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Chile, 1928-1933. Colonel General Staff corpus, United States army, 1942-1945. Chairman, with rank ambassador, special mission to French N. Africa, Middle East, Italy, France, 1944.

Ambassador of the United States on special mission to coronation Majesty King Faisal II of Iraq, 1953. Now member firm Culberston, Pendleton & Pendleton. Professor, member executive faculty School Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1919-1956.


  • Other Work

    • Author books, since 1911, latest being: Liberation, 1953.


Member firm McLanahan, Burton & Culbertson, 1914-1915. Member United States Tariff Commission, 1917-1925, vice chairman, 1922-1925. Member Council on Foreign Relations, American, Federal, Pennsylvania Franklin County, District of Columbia Bar associations, American Society International Law (member of council), International Law Association (president American branch 1943-1949), American Economics Association Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta (nat. supreme justice, 1934-1936), Delta Phi Epsilon (national president 1922).

Clubs: Chevy Chase, Metropolitan (Washington).


Married Mary J. Hunter, December 28, 1911. Children: Junia Wilhelmina (Mistress T. D. Luckenbill) (deceased), Margaret Jane (Mistress Kendall A. L. Foster), Mary Josephine (Mistress Edmund E. Pendleton, Junior.

George Culbertson

Jennie (Smith) Culbertson

Mary J. Hunter

Junia Wilhelmina Culbertson (Mistress T. D. Luckenbill) (deceased)

Margaret Jane Culbertson (Mistress Kendall A. L. Foster)

Mary Josephine (Mistress Edmund E. Pendleton Culbertson

Jr Culbertson