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Charles Beecher Warren (April 10, 1870 – February 3, 1936) was an American diplomat and politician. He was United States Ambassador to Mexico in 1924.

Charles Warren
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United States Ambassador to Mexico
In office
March 31, 1924 – July 22, 1924
PresidentCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byHenry Fletcher
Succeeded byJames Sheffield
United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
September 24, 1921 – January 28, 1922
PresidentWarren G. Harding
Preceded byRoland Morris
Succeeded byCyrus Woods
Personal details
Charles Beecher Warren

(1870-04-10)April 10, 1870
Bay City, Michigan, U.S.
DiedFebruary 3, 1936(1936-02-03) (aged 65)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Helen Wetmore
EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA)



Charles B. Warren was born in Bay City, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1891. During World War I, He served in the U.S. Army on the staff of the Judge Advocate General, ending his service with a rank of lieutenant colonel and a Distinguished Service Medal.[1]

He was an alternate delegate from Michigan to the Republican National Convention in 1908, 1912, and 1916, and a regular delegate in 1924, 1928, and 1932.

Ambassador to JapanEdit

Warren served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan between 1921 and 1922. His arrival was eagerly anticipated in the context of an upcoming Washington Conference on Far Eastern matters and armaments.[2] Kaneko Kentarō (Harvard '98), Privy Councilor to the Emperor, and president of the America-Japan Society of Tokyo, presided at a formal dinner in honor of the newly arrived Ambassador Warren; and he expressed the hope that the Washington Conference would be a golden opportunity to clear away any misunderstandings and to speak frankly about Japan's aspirations.[3]

Not all of Warren's activities were limited to conventional Tokyo events. Following the usual Thanksgiving Day celebrations in 1922, Ambassador Warren and his two sons traveled to Korea, Manchuria and Peking, and this unremarkable trip was reported in the New York Times.[4]

In late January 1923, Ambassador Warren took leave of the Empress before departing his post in Tokyo. In addition to Foreign Minister Uchida and Prince Tokugawa, the recently appointed Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Masanao Hanihara, was at the Imperial Palace reception.[5]

Ambassador to MexicoEdit

Warren became U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in 1924.

President Coolidge nominated Warren to be Attorney General, but his nomination was narrowly rejected twice.[6] In the wake of the Teapot Dome scandal, Senate Democrats and Progressive Republicans objected to the nomination of Warren, who was closely associated with the "Sugar Trust".[7] Michigan governor Alex J. Groesbeck, who Coolidge had also considered for the position, was active in trying to undermine Warren's acceptance.[8][9] However, John G. Sargent was ultimately nominated and confirmed.

Warren died in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on February 3, 1936. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

His wife was also a member of Republican National Committee.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Charles B. Warren to Tokio Embassy; President Appoints Michigan Lawyer and Business Man Ambassador to Japan," New York Times. June 25, 1921.
  2. ^ "Warren Lands in Japan; Envoy's Talk to Newspaper Men Makes Good Impression," The New York Times. September 20, 1921.
  3. ^ "Japan Accepts Hughes Agenda; Cabinet Agrees, in Principle, With the Suggestions Offered by Secretary; Delegates to Sail October 15; Press Enlarges on Peaceful Disposition of Tokugawa, Japan's Chief Representative," New York Times. October 2, 1921.
  4. ^ "Warren on Trip to China; American Ambassador to Japan Will Visit Korea and Manchuria," New York Times. December 3, 1922.
  5. ^ "Empress Receives Warren; Expresses Regret at Departure of American Envoy to Japan," New York Times. January 28, 1923.
  6. ^ "Too Late," Time. March 23, 1925.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2014-11-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Willis F. Dunbar and George S. May, Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State (Grand Rapids: Eerdman's, 1995), 479.
  9. ^ Kevin C. Murphy. "The Politics of Normalcy". Uphill All the Way: The Fortunes of Progressivism, 1919-1929.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Roland Morris
United States Ambassador to Japan
Succeeded by
Cyrus Woods
Preceded by
Henry Fletcher
United States Ambassador to Mexico
Succeeded by
James Sheffield
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Rockefeller
Cover of Time
26 January 1925
Succeeded by
Fritz Kreisler