Vincent De Roulet
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Vincent De Roulet
Vincent de Roulet
United States Ambassador to Jamaica

September 19, 1969 - July 18, 1973
PresidentRichard M. Nixon
Walter N. Tobriner
Sumner Gerard
Personal details
Los Angeles, California
DiedAugust 11, 1975 (aged 49)
Falmouth Foreside, Maine
Spouse(s)Lorinda de Roulet

Vincent William de Roulet (1925 - August 11, 1975) was an American businessman, politician, and statesman. He served as United States Ambassador to Jamaica from 1969 through 1973.


De Roulet was born in Los Angeles, California. He lived there until moving to Manhasset, New York in 1954.[1] De Roulet was elected to the board of directors of the Meadow Brook National Bank in 1964.[2] He also owned Towne-Oller and Associates.[1] De Roulet served as mayor of North Hills, New York.[3]

De Roulet was appointed United States Ambassador to Jamaica by President Richard M. Nixon in August 1969,[3] and presented his credentials on October 23, 1969. While serving as ambassador, he allegedly sought political contributions from American corporations for foreign elections; Alcoa gave these contributions to Jamaican officials.[4] He left the post on July 18, 1973, when the Government of Jamaica declared him persona non grata;[5]Michael Manley, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, requested that de Roulet be recalled after it was revealed that de Roulet suggested the United States Congress make a pre-election political deal before the 1972 Jamaican elections.[6] He officially resigned in August.[7]

During the hearings of the United States Senate Watergate Committee, it was alleged that de Roulet received an "express commitment" from the Nixon administration through Herbert W. Kalmbach, Nixon's personal lawyer, to receive a more prestigious ambassadorship in Europe in exchange for a campaign donation of $100,000 to Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign;[8] de Roulet and Nixon both denied the charge.[9][10]

De Roulet married Lorinda de Roulet (née Payson), the daughter of Joan Whitney Payson and Charles Shipman Payson, in 1951.[11] The couple had three children, daughters Whitney and Bebe, and son Daniel.[12] De Roulet died in 1975 of a heart attack.[13]


  1. ^ a b St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search
  2. ^ "Meadow Brook Bank Elects New Director - Article -". 2012-06-10. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b The Modesto Bee - Google News Archive Search
  4. ^ Ocala Star-Banner - Google News Archive Search
  5. ^ St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search
  6. ^ The Press-Courier - Google News Archive Search
  7. ^ The Milwaukee Sentinel - Google News Archive Search
  8. ^ Frank A. Aukofer, Journal Washington Bureau. (July 19, 1974). Reaction: "Nixon Transcript Stuns Probe Panel". The Milwaukee Journal p. 2. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  9. ^ St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search
  10. ^ The Bryan Times - Google News Archive Search
  11. ^ Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.Arthur Stettner (1951-06-15). "VINCENT DE ROULET WEDS MISS PAYSON - Bride, Escorted by Father, is Attended by 7 at Ceremony in St. Mary's, Manhasset De Fries-Hubbell Ulmann-Solomon - Article -". Retrieved .
  12. ^ The Madison Courier - Google News Archive Search
  13. ^ "De Roulet dead". New York Times. August 11, 1975. Retrieved 2015.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Walter N. Tobriner
United States Ambassador to Jamaica
Succeeded by
Sumner Gerard

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