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The United States Ambassador to India is the chief diplomatic representative of United States in India. The U.S. Ambassador's office is situated at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of India
भारत गणराज्य मे संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका के राजदूत

Seal of the United States Department of State
Incumbent
Donald L. Heflin
Chargés D’Affaires
since January 20, 2021
StyleHis Excellency
AppointerThe President
with the advice and consent of the Senate
Inaugural holderGeorge R. Merrell
as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
FormationNovember 1, 1946
Website
in.usembassy.gov
U.S. Embassy in New Delhi
Chiefs of Mission to India
U.S. Ambassadors to the Dominion of India (1947-1950)
President George Washington, on November 19, 1792, nominated Benjamin Joy of Newbury Port as the first American Consul to Calcutta (now Kolkata) and later commissioned Joy to that office on November 21, 1792.[1]
NameStateStatusTitleAppointmentCredentials
Presented
Termination
of Mission
Notes
Henry F. GradyCaliforniaNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryApril 10, 1947July 1, 1947Left post, June 22, 1948Accredited also to Nepal; resident at New Delhi.
Loy W. HendersonColoradoForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryJuly 14, 1948November 19, 1948Re-accredited when India became a republic; presented new credentials February 24, 1950Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on March 2, 1949. Also accredited to Nepal; resident at New Delhi.
U.S. Ambassadors to the Republic of India (1950-present)
NameStateStatusTitleAppointmentCredentials
Presented
Termination
of Mission
Notes
Loy W. HendersonColoradoForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryFebruary 24, 1950September 21, 1951Reaccredited when India became a republic; presented new credentials Feb 24, 1950; left post Sep 21, 1951; commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on Mar 2, 1949. Also accredited to Nepal; resident at New Delhi.
Chester BowlesConnecticutNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryOctober 10, 1951November 1, 1951Left post, Mar 23, 1953Also accredited to Nepal; resident at New Delhi.
George V. AllenNorth CarolinaForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryMarch 11, 1953May 4, 1953Left post, November 30, 1954Also accredited to Nepal; resident at New Delhi.
John Sherman CooperKentuckyNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryFebruary 4, 1955April 9, 1955Left post, April 23, 1956Also accredited to Nepal; resident at New Delhi.
Ellsworth BunkerVermontNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryNovember 28, 1956March 4, 1957Left India, March 23, 1961Also accredited to Nepal; resident at New Delhi. Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on January 25, 1957.
John Kenneth GalbraithMassachusettsNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryMarch 29, 1961April 18, 1961Left post, Jul 12, 1963
Chester BowlesConnecticutNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryMay 3, 1963July 19, 1963Left post, April 21, 1969
Kenneth B. KeatingNew YorkNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryMay 1, 1969July 2, 1969Left post, July 26, 1972
Daniel P. MoynihanNew YorkNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryFebruary 8, 1973February 28, 1973Left post, January 7, 1975
William B. SaxbeOhioNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryFebruary 3, 1975March 8, 1975Left post, November 20, 1976
Robert F. GoheenNew JerseyNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryApril 26, 1977May 26, 1977Left post, December 10, 1980
Harry G. Barnes, Jr.MarylandForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryOctober 1, 1981November 17, 1981Left post, June 27, 1985
John Gunther DeanNew YorkForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryAugust 2, 1985September 6, 1985Left post November 7, 1988
John R. HubbardCaliforniaNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryNovember 22, 1988December 27, 1988Left post November 15, 1989Commissioned during a recess of the Senate.
William Clark, Jr.District of ColumbiaForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryOctober 10, 1989December 22, 1989Left post, July 2, 1992
Thomas R. PickeringNew JerseyForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryApril 6, 1992August 14, 1992Left post, March 23, 1993Kenneth Brill served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim, March 1993-August 1994.
Frank G. WisnerDistrict of ColumbiaForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryJune 9, 1994August 2, 1994Left post, July 12, 1997
Richard Frank CelesteOhioNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryNovember 10, 1997November 28, 1997Left post April 25, 2001
Robert BlackwillKansasNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryJuly 12, 2001September 14, 2001Left post July 31, 2003
David Campbell MulfordIllinoisNon-career officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryDecember 12, 2003February 23, 2004Left post February 2009
Timothy J. RoemerIndianaNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryJuly 23, 2009[2]August 11, 2009Left post June 30, 2011
Albert Peter BurleighCaliforniaForeign Service officer[3]Chargé d'affairesJune 2011Left post 2012
Nancy Jo PowellIowaForeign Service officerAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryFebruary 7, 2012April 19, 2012March 31, 2014
Kathleen StephensArizonaForeign Service officer (interim)Chargé d'affairesMay 22, 2014Assumed position after resignation of Nancy Jo Powell.
Richard VermaPennsylvaniaNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryDecember 12, 2014January 16, 2015January 20, 2017First US Ambassador to India of Indian origin.[4]
MaryKay CarlsonArkansasForeign Service officer (interim)Chargé d'affairesJanuary 20, 2017November 15, 2017Assumed office after Ambassador Richard Verma demitted office following President Trump’s inauguration on January 20
Kenneth JusterNew YorkNon-career appointeeAmbassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryNovember 3, 2017November 23, 2017January 20, 2021
Donald HeflinVirginiaForeign Service officer (interim)Chargé d'affairesJanuary 20, 2021
See also
References
  1. ^ "U.S. Consulate General Kolkata". Archived from the original on 2015-10-25. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  2. ^ Obama names ambassador nominees
  3. ^​https://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/people/burleigh-albert-peter
  4. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/rich-verma-confirmed-as-us-ambassador-to-india/article1-1294981.aspx
Sources
Brands, H. W. Inside the Cold War: Loy Henderson and the Rise of the American Empire 1918-1961 (1991) pp 196–230; Loy Henderson was US Ambassador, 1948–51
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