George V. Allen

George Venable Allen (November 3, 1903 – July 11, 1970) was a United States diplomat. He served as ambassador to Iran during the crisis of 1946 and was involved in managing US relations amid the Cold War with the Soviet Union. He was involved in expanding activities of the Voice of America, exporting culture and increasing US participation in the UNESCO.

George Venable Allen
George V Allen 1924.jpg
1924 Duke University Senior Yearbook Photo
Born(1903-11-03)November 3, 1903
DiedJuly 11, 1970(1970-07-11) (aged 66)
Alma materDuke University
OccupationDiplomat
Known forU.S. Ambassador to Iran, Yugoslavia, India, Nepal, and Greece

BiographyEdit

Born in Durham, North Carolina, son of a merchant Thomas Ellis Allen and Harriet Moore, he attended Duke University—then known as Trinity College—graduating in 1924[1] and from Harvard University in 1929.[2] He worked briefly as a high school teacher between 1924 and 1928 and as a newspaper reporter for the Asheville Times and Durham Herald. He joined Foreign Service in 1930 working first as vice consul in Kingston, Jamaica and later in Shanghai, China, Patras, Greece and Cairo, Egypt. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Iran from 1946 to 1948. During this period he worked on preventing a Soviet Iran oil agreement and led to the Iranian prime minister Ahmad Qavam dropping communist cabinet members. He also helped build ties with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, playing weekly tennis matches with the monarch. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from 1948 to 1949, U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1949 to 1953, United States Ambassador to India and Nepal 1953–1954. While in India he along with Dwight D. Eisenhower supported India's rival Pakistan with military support as a deterrent against Soviet relations with India. He then served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs from 1953 to 1954, U.S. Ambassador to Greece 1956–1957, and Director of the U.S. Information Agency from 1957 to 1960.[3]

Allen was president of the Tobacco Institute from 1960 to 1966.[4][5]

Allen appeared as himself, while serving as the Director of the Foreign Service Institute, on the February 6, 1967 episode of the game show To Tell the Truth. He received all four votes form the panel.[6]

He married Katherine Martin in 1934, author of a self-published book on their lives overseas, Foreign Service Diary. They had three children, George V. Allen, Jr., John M. Allen and Richard A. Allen, all lawyers in Washington, D.C.. He died at Bahama, North Carolina and is interred in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington DC.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "The Chanticleer [serial]". Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  2. ^ "George V. Allen". nndb.com. Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  3. ^ Merrill, D. (2000). "Allen, George Venable (1903-1970), diplomat". American National Biography. doi:10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0700005.
  4. ^ "George V. Allen, U.S.I.A Director, Named Tobacco Institute President" (Press release). Hill and Knowlton. 1960-11-11. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  5. ^ "Former Senator Earle C. Clements Named Tobacco Institute President" (Press release). Tobacco Institute. 1966-02-23. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  6. ^ "To Tell the Truth". CBS. Retrieved 27 April 2020.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Wallace Murray
U.S. Ambassador to Iran
1946–1948
Succeeded by
John C. Wiley
Preceded by
Cavendish W. Cannon
U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia
1949–1953
Succeeded by
James Williams Riddleberger
Preceded by
Chester Bowles
U.S. Ambassador to India
Also accredited to Nepal

1953–1954
Succeeded by
John Sherman Cooper
Preceded by
Cavendish W. Cannon
U.S. Ambassador to Greece
1956–1957
Succeeded by
James Williams Riddleberger
Government offices
Preceded by
William Benton
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
March 31, 1948 – November 28, 1949
Succeeded by
Edward W. Barrett
Preceded by
Henry A. Byroade
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs
January 26, 1955 – August 27, 1956
Succeeded by
William M. Rountree