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Winthrop Gilman Brown (July 12, 1907 – May 25, 1987) was an American lawyer and diplomat. He served in posts in Asia, including as United States Ambassador to South Korea from 1964 to 1967.

Winthrop G. Brown
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7th United States Ambassador to Korea
In office
August 14, 1964 – June 10, 1967
PresidentLyndon Johnson
Preceded bySamuel D. Berger
Succeeded byWilliam J. Porter
5th United States Ambassador to Laos
In office
July 25, 1960 – June 28, 1962
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Preceded byHorace H. Smith
Succeeded byLeonard S. Unger
Personal details
Born(1907-07-02)July 2, 1907
Seal Harbor, Maine
DiedMay 25, 1987(1987-05-25) (aged 79)
Washington, D.C.
Spouse(s)Peggy Bell Brown
EducationYale University (BA, LL.B.)


Winthop G. Brown was born in Seal Harbor, Maine in July 12, 1907. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University in 1927 and earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale Law School. After graduating from Yale, he established a law practice in New York City,[1] but later became a career diplomat, and the United States Ambassador to Laos from 1960 to 1962. From 1964 to 1967, he was the United States Ambassador to South Korea, during which he was heavily involved in negotiations with the South Korean government under Park Chung Hee to ensure Korean troops would send troops to the Vietnam War.[2] He last post as diplomat was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, serving from 1968 to 1972. He died in May 25, 1987 in Washington D.C..


  1. ^ "Winthrop G. Brown, Ex-State Dept. Official". The New York Times. May 27, 1987. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "WINTHROP BROWN, EX-ENVOY TO LAOS, KOREA, DIES AT 79". Washington Post. May 27, 1987. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved June 23, 2018.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Samuel D. Berger
United States Ambassador to South Korea
August 14, 1964 – June 10, 1967
Succeeded by
William J. Porter
Preceded by
Horace H. Smith
United States Ambassador to Laos
July 25, 1960 – June 28, 1962
Succeeded by
Leonard S. Unger