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Pages: 27. Chapters: Hugh S. Gibson, Faith Whittlesey, Joseph Grew,
John George Alexander Leishman, United States Ambassador to
Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Don Beyer, Arthur Sherburne Hardy,
Larry Lawrence, Madeleine M. Kunin, John Davis Lodge, Henry Sherman
Boutell, Nathaniel Davis, Peter H. Dominick, David Jayne Hill,
Person Colby Cheney, John Carter Vincent, Shelby Cullom Davis,
George G. Fogg, Mercer Reynolds, James Broadhead, Nicholas Fish II,
Boyd Winchester, Richard Cunningham Patterson, Jr.. Excerpt: Hugh
Simons Gibson (August 16, 1883 - December 12, 1954) was an American
diplomat. Gibson was actively involved in disarmament talks from
1925 to 1932. Throughout his career, together with such colleagues
as ambassadors Joseph C. Grew, William R. Castle, and Hugh R.
Wilson), he remained a leading proponent in the drive to establish
a professional Foreign Service based on merit rather than personal
wealth or political influence. He was active in famine relief work
in Europe during and after World War I and continued to pursue
these efforts during and after World War II. His close friendship
with Herbert Hoover began in this context. As first American
minister plenipotentiary to Poland in 1919, he was called upon to
respond to the acute problems of a renascent state while
investigating reports of pogroms and mistreatment of Polish Jews in
the chaotic postwar years from 1919 to 1924. His reporting on this
highly sensitive matter was surrounded by controversy, but
ultimately won the approval of significant figures in the American
Jewish community. Gibson retired from the Foreign Service in 1938,
worked in London for the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB)
during the first two years of the war. He then returned to the
United States and worked in publishing at Doubleday, Doran and Co.
and, following the end of the war, published the...
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