Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free
trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select
from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: United
States Ambassadors to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United
States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, G.
Mcmurtrie Godley, Sheldon B. Vance, William Garvelink, Robert B.
Oakley, Roger A. Meece, Deane R. Hinton, Walter L. Cutler, List of
Ambassadors From the United Kingdom to the Democratic Republic of
Congo, William Caldwell Harrop, Aubrey Hooks. Excerpt: This is a
list of Ambassadors of the United States to the Democratic Republic
of the Congo. From 1877 until 1960, the republic had been a colony
of Belgium, first under the name Congo Free State and then Belgian
Congo. The Congo was granted its independence on June 30, 1960,
adopting the name Republic of the Congo (Rpublique du Congo). As
the French colony of Middle Congo (Moyen-Congo) also chose the name
Republic of Congo upon receiving its independence, the two
countries were more commonly known as Congo-Lopoldville and
Congo-Brazzaville, after their capital cities. The United States
immediately recognized the new Republic of the Congo and moved to
establish diplomatic relations. The embassy in Lopoldville (now
Kinshasa) was established on June 30, 1960, with John D. Tomlinson
as Charg d'Affaires ad interim. The first ambassador, Clare H.
Timberlake was appointed on July 5, 1960. In 1971, President
Joseph-Dsir Mobutu changed the countrys official name to Zaire. In
1997, President Laurent Kabila restored the name "Democratic
Republic of the Congo", previously used from 1964 to 1971. On
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated to the
Senate James Frederick Entwistle, of Virginia, a Career Member of
the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be the
new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Democratic
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