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consultant , lecturer , United States diplomat

William Tapley Bennett, was United States diplomat, lecturer, consultant. Recipient Carr award for distinguished service Department State, Distinguished Public Service medal Department Defense, Distinguished Graduate University Georgia Institute of International Education, Distinguished Statesman award George Washington University.


Bennett,, William Tapley was born on April 1, 1917 in Griffin, Georgia, United States. Son of William Tapley and Annie Member (Little) Bennett.


Bachelor of Arts Georgia, 1937. Postgraduate, University Freiburg, Germany, 1938. Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1948.

Data Control Language (honorary), Indiana State University, 1966.


Instructor political science, U. Georgia, 1937;with, National Institute Public Affairs, 1939-1940;with, unites states department of State, 1941-1985;officer in charge Cen.Am. and Panama affairs, unites states department of State, 1949-1951;officer in charge Caribbean affairs, unites states department of State, 1951;deputy director office South America affairs, unites states department of State, 1951-1954;assigned to National War College, unites states department of State, 1954-1955;special assistant to undersecretary state, unites states department of State, 1955-1957;counselor, United States Embassy, Vienna, Austria, 1957-1961;counselor embassy, Rome, 1961;counselor with rank of minister, Athens, Greece, 1961-1964;ambassador to Dominican Republic, 1964-1966;ambassador to Portugal, 1966-1969;advisor Air U., unites states department of State, 1969-1971;deputy permanent representative to United Nations, ambassador United Nations Security Council, unites states department of State, 1971-1977;permanent representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organization with rank and status ambassador, unites states department of State, 1977-1983;assistant secretary for legislation and intergovernmental affairs, unites states department of State, 1983-1985;consultant, Washington, since 1985. Assistant United States delegate organizing conference United Nations, San Francisco, 1945. Advisor United States delegate United Nations General Assembly, New York City, 1950, alternate representative, 1971, 72, United States rep.1973-1976.

Secretary general 4th meeting of foreign ministers of America States, Washington, 1951. Member United States delegate to inauguration President Ibanez of Chile, 1952, Eisenhower mission to South America, 1953, United States delegate 10th Inter-American Conference, Caracas, 1954, International Atomic Energy Agency Confs., Vienna, 1957, 58. United States representative United Nations Trusteeship Council, 1971-1977, president 1972-1973.

Chairman United Nations visiting mission to Papua New Guinea, 1972. Chairman United States delegate United Nations Development Conference, Geneva, 1973, 76, Economics Common for Europe, Bucharest, 1974, United Nations Conference on Industrial Development, Lima, Peru, 1975, Economics Common for Asia and South Pacific, Bangkok, 1976. Consultant Institute Foreign Policy Analysis Tufts University, Center for Strategicand International Studies, since 1985.

Adjunct Professor international relations U. Georgia,1985-.


Member advisory board Harvard University Division School, 1979-1989. Board visitors Air University, 1987. Lieutenant Army of the United States, 1944-1946, European Theatre of Operations.

Fellow Institute for Higher Defense Studies (senior ). Member American Academy Diplomacy, Council Foreign Relations, Southern Center International Studies, American Council Germany, Georgia Bar Association, Foreign Policy Association (board directors since 1987, chairman delegation to Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics 1989), Atlantic Council (board directors since 1985), United Nations Association United States (board directors since 1986), Meridian House International (board directors since 1988), World Affairs Council Washington (board directors since 1987), DACOR, Council of Foreign Relations, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Pilgrims, Sphinx Society, Metropolitan Club, Chevy Chase Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.


Married Margaret Rutherfurd White, June 23, 1945. Children: William Tapley III, John Campbell White, Anne Barclay, Ellen Pierrepont Bennett Godsall, Victoria Ridgely.

William Tapley Bennett,

Annie Member (Little) Bennett,

Margaret Rutherfurd White

William Tapley III Bennett,

John Campbell White Bennett,

Anne Barclay Bennett,

Ellen Pierrepont Bennett Godsall Bennett,

Victoria Ridgely Bennett,