Laurence A. Steinhardt
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Laurence A. Steinhardt

Laurence Steinhardt
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2nd United States Ambassador to Canada

November 1, 1948 - March 28, 1950
PresidentHarry Truman
Ray Atherton
Stanley Woodward
United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia

July 20, 1945 - September 19, 1948
PresidentHarry Truman
Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Jr.
Joseph E. Jacobs
10th United States Ambassador to Turkey

March 10, 1942 - April 2, 1945
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
John Van Antwerp MacMurray
Edwin C. Wilson
United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union

August 11, 1939 - November 12, 1941
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
Joseph E. Davies
William H. Standley
United States Ambassador to Peru

September 13, 1937 - April 10, 1939
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
Fred Morris Dearing
Raymond Henry Norweb
United States Minister to Sweden

August 28, 1933 - June 26, 1937
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
John Motley Morehead III
Fred Morris Dearing
Personal details
Laurence Adolph Steinhardt

October 6, 1892
New York City, New York
DiedMarch 28, 1950(1950-03-28) (aged 57)
near Ramsayville, Ontario
Spouse(s)Dulcie Hofmann Steinhardt Beau
Alma materColumbia University (BA, MA, LLB)
Professiondiplomat, lawyer

Laurence Adolph Steinhardt (October 6, 1892 - March 28, 1950) was a United States diplomat. He served as the U.S. Minister to Sweden and U.S. Ambassador to Peru, the USSR, Turkey, Czechoslovakia, and Canada.[1] He was the first United States Ambassador to be killed in office.


Steinhardt was born October 6, 1892 in New York City. He served as a Sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps in the US Army in World War I.[2]

He was a member of the Federation of American Zionists and the American Zion Commonwealth. He practiced law at Guggenheimer, Untermyer and Marshall, where his uncle Samuel Untermyer was partner, from 1920 through 1933. In 1932, he worked on the presidential campaign of Franklin Roosevelt.[3]

Steinhardt was appointed U.S. Minister to Sweden in 1933 by Roosevelt. He was appointed ambassador to Peru in 1937, the Soviet Union in 1939.

On 23 February 1940, writing a letter from Moscow to Loy Henderson at the US Dept of State, Steinhardt reported that after having visited Riga, Tallinn and Leningrad with John Copper Wiley that he "could find no evidence in Riga or Tallinn -- and John agrees with me -- that there is any move presently on foot by the Soviets to "take over."[4] Of course, the take over occurred several months later in June 1940.

In 1941, he evacuated Moscow embassy to Kuybyshev.[5]

On January 12, 1942, he was appointed ambassador to Turkey. While ambassador to Turkey, Steinhardt, particularly because he was Jewish, was involved in the rescue of Hungarian Jews from Bergen Belsen. He also played a significant role in helping many eminent intellectuals fleeing Europe to find refuge in Turkey.[6]

In 1945, President Truman appointed Steinhardt ambassador to Czechoslovakia, and to Canada in 1948. While serving as the Ambassador to Canada, he was killed in a plane crash on March 28, 1950 near Ramsayville, Ontario, while en route to Washington, D. C. [7]

He is buried in section 30, Arlington National Cemetery.[8]


He married the former Dulcie Yates Hofmann (1917 - 1974); they had one daughter, Dulcie Ann.[9]

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  4. ^ Steinhardt to Henderson, File 315, 23 Feb 1940, Yellow Folder, Box 78, Laurence A Steinhardt Papers, Library of Congress
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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