Ellsworth Bunker

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Ellsworth Bunker (May 11, 1894 - September 27, 1984[1]) was an American diplomat, son of George Raymond Bunker. Trained as a lawyer, Bunker first worked in the private sector before becoming an academic. He then moved to government during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration. In 1956 he was appointed United States Ambassador to India[2] where he played a crucial role in the covert alliance between the two powers against China. He was replaced by John Kenneth Galbraith in 1961. During 1962 he acted as U.S. mediator in the New York Agreement over Western New Guinea.

After a period back in Washington, D.C., he was made U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States, 1964-1966. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam, 1967 - 1973.[3] Once in Saigon, he strongly supported the war efforts of Presidents Johnson and Richard Nixon, going so far as to applaud US incursions into Laos and Cambodia.[4] Following the conclusion of the Vietnam War, Bunker headed the US team involved in the drawing up of the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction twice - the first time in 1963 and the second time in 1967.

He married Harriet Allen Butler 1920-04-24 in Yonkers, New York. They had three children. She died in 1964.[5][6] He married Ambassador Carol C. Laise in Katmandu, Nepal 1967-01-03. Ambassador Laise was a friend of the first Mrs. Bunker. She died 1991-07-25 in Dummerston, Vermont.[7][8]


"Ellsworth Bunker Is Buried Near His Home in Vermont". The New York Times. 1984-10-04. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9504EEDD123BF931A35753C1A962948260. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 

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