Douglas MacArthur II
Douglas MacArthur II (July 5, 1909 – November 15, 1997) was an American diplomat. During his diplomatic career, he served as United States ambassador to Japan, Belgium, Austria, and Iran, as well as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.
Douglas MacArthur II
|United States Ambassador to Iran|
|Preceded by||Armin H. Meyer|
|Succeeded by||Joseph S. Farland|
|United States Ambassador to Austria|
April 5, 1967 – September 16, 1969
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||James Williams Riddleberger|
|Succeeded by||John P. Humes|
|United States Ambassador to Belgium|
|President||John F. Kennedy|
Lyndon B. Johnson
|Preceded by||William A. M. Burden|
|Succeeded by||Ridgway B. Knight|
|United States Ambassador to Japan|
February 25, 1957 – March 12, 1961
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||John M. Allison|
|Succeeded by||Edwin Reischauer|
|Born||July 5, 1909|
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
|Died||November 15, 1997 (aged 88)|
|Spouse(s)||Laura Louise Barkley (died 1987)|
|Parents||Arthur MacArthur III|
MacArthur was the son of Captain Arthur MacArthur III and Mary McCalla MacArthur daughter of Bowman H. McCalla granddaughter of Col Horace Binney Sargent, great-granddaughter of Lucius Manlius Sargent and was named for his uncle, General Douglas MacArthur. He was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Mass., and from Yale College, Class of 1932. He married Laura Louise Barkley on August 21, 1934, the daughter of future U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley.
After serving as an Army officer, MacArthur began his Foreign Service career in 1935 with a post in Vancouver. He was assigned to Vichy France during the early years of World War II, served as secretary of the U.S. Embassy there from 1940 to 1942, and was held as a prisoner of war for two years after the US broke relations with the Vichy government. Following a prisoner exchange in March 1944, he served as part of General Dwight Eisenhower's political staff, and then led the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Paris until 1948. He went on to become chief of the State Department's Division of Western European Affairs in 1949, where he assisted in the formation of NATO, and served as Counselor of the State Department from 1953 to 1956, where he led the U.S. negotiations for the SEATO treaty.
Ambassador to JapanEdit
MacArthur was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Japan in December 1956, and presented his credentials in February 1957.
During his four years in Tokyo, MacArthur oversaw the negotiation of the mutual security treaty between the United States and Japan, which was officially amended in January 1960 amid widespread public controversy and demonstrations in Japan. It was revealed in 1974 that MacArthur negotiated a secret agreement with Japanese foreign minister Aiichiro Fujiyama to allow the movement of American nuclear weapons through Japanese territory. It was also revealed, through documents declassified in the 2000s, that MacArthur pressured the Japanese judiciary, including Chief Justice Kotaro Tanaka, to uphold the legality of the United States military presence in Japan following a lower court decision that found it to be unconstitutional.
Following his time in Japan, MacArthur served as Ambassador to Belgium (1961–1965), Assistant Secretary of State (1965–1967), Ambassador to Austria (1967–1969) and Ambassador to Iran (1969–1972). While in the latter post, he escaped an attempted kidnapping by Iranian extremists in 1970.
Later life and deathEdit
- Pace, Eric (1997-11-17). "Douglas MacArthur 2d, 88, Former Ambassador to Japan". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
- Pearson, Richard (1997-11-16). "MACARTHUR II DIES AT 88". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
- "Douglas MacArthur II - People - Department History - Office of the Historian". history.state.gov. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
- "U.S. coerced court in '59 base case". The Japan Times Online. 2008-05-01. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
- "The TIME Vault: 1960".
- 1982 interview with Ambassador MacArthur related to US diplomatic efforts related to Vietnam
- Appearances on C-SPAN
John M. Allison
| U.S. Ambassador to Japan
1957 – 1961
William A. M. Burden
| U.S. Ambassador to Belgium
1961 – 1965
Ridgway B. Knight
James W. Riddleberger
| U.S. Ambassador to Austria
1967 – 1969
John P. Humes
Armin H. Meyer
| U.S. Ambassador to Iran
1969 – 1972
Joseph S. Farland
| Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
March 14, 1965 – March 6, 1967
William B. Macomber, Jr.