Ambassadors at Large

From the earliest days of the Republic, Presidents have designated special diplomatic envoys for specific assignments, primarily overseas. The President appointed the first official specifically to bear the title of Ambassador at Large on Mar 12, 1949, under the authority vested in Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution that empowers the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers, and Consuls. Presidents have usually appointed Ambassadors at Large to deal with specific foreign policy issues which have been frequently, but not always, spelled out in their commissions. Functional designations are noted when they were included in an individual’s commission.