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Mercer Cook (1903–1987)

Non-career appointee
States of Residence: District of Columbia, Illinois
  1. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Niger)
    Appointed: June 22, 1961
    Presentation of Credentials: August 2, 1961
    Termination of Mission: Left post. May 30, 1964
  2. Concurrent Appointments
    1. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Senegal)
      Appointed: July 9, 1964
      Presentation of Credentials: August 29, 1964
      Termination of Mission: Left post. July 1, 1966
      • Also accredited to The Gambia; resident at Dakar.
    2. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (The Gambia)
      Appointed: May 18, 1965
      Presentation of Credentials: August 9, 1965
      Termination of Mission: Left Dakar July 1, 1966
      • During Cook’s tenure as non-resident Ambassador, Embassy Banjul was established on September 9, 1965, with John G. Gossett as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. Also accredited to Senegal; resident at Dakar.