Welles, Sumner, 1892-1961Alternative names
Benjamin Sumner Welles (1892-1961) graduated from Harvard University in 1914 and began his diplomatic career in 1915 as Secretary of the United States Embassy in Tokyo. From 1917 to 1919 he served in a similar post in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was Assistant Chief of the Latin American Affairs Division of the Department of State from 1920 to 1921, and Chief of the Division from 1921 to 1922. From 1922 to 1925, he was Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the Dominican Republic, and also in 1922, a delegate to the Congress on Latin American Affairs in Washington, D.C. He served as personal representative of President Calvin Coolidge to offer mediation in the Honduras revolution in 1924, and as a delegate to the Central American Conference in Amapala, Honduras, in 1924. In 1929, he was a member of the Dawes Financial Mission to the Dominican Republic. Welles, whose area of expertise was Latin American affairs, was named Assistant Secretary of State in 1933, a post he held until 1937, with a brief tenure as Ambassador to Cuba. From 1937 to 1943 he served as Under Secretary of State. He was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal envoy on a fact-finding mission to Europe early in 1940, and accompanied Roosevelt to his meeting at sea with Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill of Great Britain in August 1941.
From the description of Welles, Sumner, 1892-1961 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10582011
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