Frequently Asked Questions

Ambassadors and Chiefs of Mission

Who was the first Ambassador to …?

A listing of U.S. Ambassadors by country can be found here.


Who were the first U.S. Ambassadors?

The rank of Ambassador was first used by the United States in 1893. Thomas F. Bayard was appointed Ambassador to Great Britain on March 30. James B. Eustis was appointed Ambassador to France on April 18. Prior to this date, the highest-ranking U.S. diplomats were Ministers.


How many U.S. Ambassadors have been killed by militants?

Since World War II, the following U.S. Ambassadors have been killed by militants:

The American Foreign Service Association maintains a list of foreign service officers killed in the line of duty here.