Culbertson, William Smith, 1884-1966

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Diplomat, lawyer, and professor of law.

From the description of Papers of William Smith Culbertson, 1897-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450620

Lawyer and member of the U.S. Tariff Commission (1917-1925).

From the description of Papers, 1923. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52247456

William S. Culbertson (1884-1966) was a member of the Institute of Politics, an organization that promoted the study of international problems and relations "with a view to creating a more sympathetic understanding of the ideals and policies of other nations." To carry out its ideas, the Institute of Politics in July and August of 1923 held a series of Roundtable Conferences at Williams College, Massachusetts. In addition to the Roundtable Conferences, there were two Open Conferences, one of which was led by Culbertson who at that time was a member of the U. S. Tariff Commission (1917-1925). Culbertson discussed "Problems of Raw Materials and Foodstuffs in the Commercial Policies of Nations."

From the guide to the Culbertson, William S., Papers, 1923, (Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

Biographical Note

  • 1884, Aug. 5: Born, Greensburg, Pa.
  • 1907: A.B., College of Emporia, Emporia, Kans..
  • 1908: A.B., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1911: Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1911: Married Mary J. Hunter
  • 1912: Admitted to bar of District of Columbia
  • 1915: Admitted to bar of United States Supreme Court
  • 1916 - 1917 : Special counsel and member, board of review of Federal Trade Commission
  • 1917 - 1925 : Member and vice-chairman, United States Tariff Commission
  • 1918: LL.D., College of Emporia, Emporia, Kans.
  • 1919 - 1956 : Professor and member of executive faculty, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1925 - 1928 : Minister to Romania
  • 1928 - 1933 : Ambassador to Chile
  • 1931: LL.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1934: Practiced international and administrative law, Washington, D. C.
  • 1942 - 1945 : Colonel, United States Army
  • 1944: Chairman, with rank of ambassador, U.S. Special mission to the Middle East
  • 1953: Special mission as ambassador for the coronation of King Faisal II of Iraq
  • 1955 - 1958 : Member, board of directors, Benjamin Franklin Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

From the guide to the William Smith Culbertson Papers, 1897-1965, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Culbertson, William Smith, 1884-1966. Papers, 1923. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Reformed Episcopal Church. [Pamphlets]. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Phila., Krauth Memorial Library
referencedIn Calvin Coolidge Papers, 1915-1932 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Culbertson, William Smith, 1884-1966. Papers of William Smith Culbertson, 1897-1965. Library of Congress
referencedIn Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-1960. Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Culbertson, William S., Papers, 1923 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933. Calvin Coolidge papers, 1915-1932. Library of Congress
referencedIn Roper, Daniel C. (Daniel Calhoun), 1867-1943. Papers, 1860-1985 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn William Allen White Papers, 1859-1944, (bulk 1899-1944) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn White, William Allen, 1868-1944. William Allen White papers, 1859-1944 (bulk 1899-1944). Library of Congress
creatorOf William Smith Culbertson Papers, 1897-1965 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948. person
associatedWith Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955. person
associatedWith Hurley, Edward N. (Edward Nash), 1864-1933. person
associatedWith Kent, Charles Foster, 1867-1925. person
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associatedWith United States. War Department. Military Intelligence Service. Geopolitical Section. corporateBody
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Middle East
United States
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Africa, North
Universities and colleges
International law
World War, 1939-1945--Secret service--United States
Presbyterian Church--Washington (D.C.)
Presbyterian Church
World War, 1939-1945--Technology
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Romania
Tacna--Arica question
Practice of law
World War, 1939-1945 - Middle East
World War, 1939-1945--Political aspects
Universities and colleges--Washington (D.C.)
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Chile
Practice of law--Washington (D.C.)
Commercial policy
Diplomatic and consular service, American
World War, 1939-1945


Birth 1884

Death 1966



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