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Walter C. Ploeser

Walter Christian Ploeser (January 7, 1907 – November 17, 1993) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri and United States Ambassador to Paraguay and Costa Rica.

Walter Christian Ploeser
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 12th district
In office
3 January 1941 – 3 January 1949
Preceded byCharles Arthur Anderson
Succeeded byRaymond W. Karst
United States Ambassador to Paraguay
In office
6 November 1957 – 12 September 1959
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byArthur A. Ageton
Succeeded byHarry F. Stimpson, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
In office
April 27, 1970 – April 13, 1972
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byClarence A. Boonstra
Succeeded byViron P. Vaky
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1907-01-07)January 7, 1907
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedNovember 17, 1993(1993-11-17) (aged 86)
St. Louis, Missouri
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dorothy Mohrig

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ploeser attended the public schools of St. Louis, Missouri, Casper and Lusk, Wyoming, and the City College of Law and Finance, St. Louis, Missouri. He engaged in the insurance business in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1922 and founded his own company in 1933. Organizer and chairman of the board of Marine Underwriters Corp. 1935. He served in the State house of representatives in 1931 and 1932.

Ploeser was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1949). He served as chairman of the Select Committee on Small Business (Eightieth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress. He served as delegate, 1964 and 1968 Republican National Conventions. He resumed the insurance business. He served as director of Webster Groves Trust Company. Ambassador to Paraguay in 1957–1959. He served as chairman of board, The Salvation Army from 1967 to 1969. Ambassador to Costa Rica in 1970–1972. He was a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, until his death on November 17, 1993.


  • United States Congress. "Walter C. Ploeser (id: P000387)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • This article incorporates facts obtained from: Lawrence Kestenbaum, The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Arthur Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
Raymond W. Karst
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Arthur A. Ageton
United States Ambassador to Paraguay
6 November 1957 – 12 September 1959
Succeeded by
Harry F. Stimpson, Jr.
Preceded by
Clarence A. Boonstra
United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
April 27, 1970 – April 13, 1972
Succeeded by
Viron P. Vaky