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The United States has had diplomatic relations with the nation of Germany and its predecessor nation, the Kingdom of Prussia, since 1835. These relations were broken twice (1917 to 1921, 1941 to 1955) while Germany and the United States were at war. Prior to 1835, the United States and Prussia recognized one another but did not exchange representatives except for a brief period when John Quincy Adams was accredited to the Prussian court from 1797 to 1801.

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List of United States ambassadors to Germany

This is a list of the chief U.S. diplomatic agents to Prussia, Germany, and West Germany (the Federal Republic of Germany), their diplomatic rank, and the effective start and end of their service in Germany.

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Heads of the U.S. Legation at Berlin (1797-1801)

Name and Title Presentation of
Credentials
Termination of
Mission
John Quincy Adams, Minister December 5, 1797 May 5, 1801

Heads of the U.S. Legation at Berlin (1835-1848)

Name and Title Presentation of
Credentials
Termination of
Mission
Henry Wheaton, Chargé d'Affaires June 9, 1835 September 29, 1837
Henry Wheaton, Envoy September 29, 1837 July 18, 1846
Andrew Jackson Donelson, Envoy July 18, 1846 September 13, 1848

Heads of the U.S. Legation at Frankfurt (1848-1849)

Name and Title Presentation of
Credentials
Termination of
Mission
Andrew Jackson Donelson, Envoy September 13, 1848 November 2, 1849

Heads of the U.S. Legation at Berlin (1849-1893)

Name and Title Presentation of
Credentials
Termination of
Mission
Edward A. Hannegan, Envoy June 30, 1849 January 13, 1850
Daniel D. Barnard, Envoy December 10, 1850 September 21, 1853
Peter D. Vroom, Envoy November 4, 1853 August 10, 1857
Joseph A. Wright, Envoy September 3, 1857 July 1, 1861
Norman B. Judd, Envoy July 1, 1861 September 3, 1865
Joseph A. Wright, Envoy September 3, 1865 May 11, 1867
George Bancroft, Envoy August 28, 1867 June 30, 1874
J.C. Bancroft Davis, Envoy August 28, 1874 September 26, 1877
Bayard Taylor, Envoy May 7, 1878 December 19, 1878
Andrew D. White, Envoy June 19, 1879 August 15, 1881
Aaron A. Sargent, Envoy May 18, 1882 June 6, 1884
John A. Kasson, Envoy September 10, 1884 June 21, 1885
George H. Pendleton, Envoy June 21, 1885 April 25, 1889
William Walter Phelps, Envoy September 26, 1889 June 4, 1893
Theodore Runyon, Envoy June 4, 1893 October 26, 1893

Heads of the U.S. Embassy at Berlin (1893-1917)

Name and Title Presentation of
Credentials
Termination of
Mission
Theodore Runyon, Ambassador October 26, 1893 January 27, 1896
Edwin F. Uhl, Ambassador May 3, 1896 June 8, 1897
Andrew D. White, Ambassador June 12, 1897 November 27, 1902
Charlemagne Tower, Ambassador December 19, 1902 June 8, 1908
David Jayne Hill, Ambassador June 14, 1908 September 2, 1911
John G. A. Leishman, Ambassador October 24, 1911 October 4, 1913
James W. Gerard, Ambassador October 29, 1913 February 5, 1917

Heads of the U.S. Embassy at Berlin (1921-1941)

Name and Title Presentation of
Credentials
Termination of
Mission
Ellis Loring Dresel, Chargé d'Affaires December 10, 1921 April 18, 1922
Alanson B. Houghton, Ambassador April 22, 1922 February 21, 1925
Jacob Gould Schurman, Ambassador June 29, 1925 January 21, 1930
Frederic M. Sackett, Ambassador February 12, 1930 March 24, 1933
William E. Dodd, Ambassador August 30, 1933 December 29, 1937
Hugh R. Wilson, Ambassador March 3, 1938 November 16, 1938
Alexander C. Kirk, Chargé d'Affaires May 1939 October 1940
Leland B. Morris, Chargé d'Affaires October 1940 December 11, 1941

Heads of the U.S. Embassy at Bonn (1955-1999)

Name and Title Presentation of
Credentials
Termination of
Mission
James B. Conant, Ambassador May 14, 1955 February 19, 1957
David K. E. Bruce, Ambassador April 17, 1957 October 29, 1959
Walter C. Dowling, Ambassador December 3, 1959 April 21, 1963
George C. McGhee, Ambassador May 18, 1963 May 21, 1968
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Ambassador May 27, 1968 January 14, 1969
Kenneth Rush, Ambassador July 22, 1969 February 20, 1972
Martin J. Hillenbrand, Ambassador June 27, 1972 October 18, 1976
Walter J. Stoessel, Jr., Ambassador October 27, 1976 January 5, 1981
Arthur F. Burns, Ambassador June 30, 1981 May 16, 1985
Richard R. Burt, Ambassador September 16, 1985 February 17, 1989
Vernon A. Walters, Ambassador April 24, 1989 August 18, 1991
Robert Michael Kimmitt, Ambassador September 5, 1991 August 28, 1993
Richard Holbrooke, Ambassador October 19, 1993 September 12, 1994
Charles E. Redman, Ambassador October 31, 1994 June 17, 1996
James D. Bindenagel, Chargé d'Affaires June 17, 1996 September 10, 1997
John C. Kornblum, Ambassador September 10, 1997 July 7, 1999

Heads of the Embassy of the United States in Berlin (1999-present)

Name and Title Presentation of
Credentials
Termination of
Mission
John C. Kornblum, Ambassador July 7, 1999 January 16, 2001
Daniel R. Coats, Ambassador September 12, 2001 February 25, 2005
William R. Timken, Jr., Ambassador September 2, 2005 December 5, 2008
John M. Koenig, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.    
Philip D. Murphy, Ambassador September 3, 2009

Former Goldman Sachs banker and former national Democratic Party finance chairman Phil Murphy was reported in July, 2009, to be in line as President Barack Obama's choice as next ambassador to Berlin and as acceptable to the German government.[1] Murphy was confirmed by the Senate on August 7, and arrived in Berlin with his family August 21.[2] The next and final step will be for him to present his credentials to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, after which he will assume his full duties as Ambassador.[3]

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References

  1. ^ "Berlin Gives Green Light to Obama's Ambassador Pick" Spiegel, July 02, 2009. Retrieved 8/16/09.
  2. ^ "The Ambassador" From U.S. embassy Web site. Retrieved 8/31/09.
  3. ^ "News from the embassy: Ambassador-designate Philip D. Murphy has arrived in Germany" From U.S. embassy Web site. Retrieved 8/31/09.

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