By Waldo H Heinrichs
The tale of Joseph Clark Grew (1880-1965) is the tale of the trendy American diplomatic culture. Grew served the U.S. executive for over 40 years, with a powerful profession that integrated ambassadorships, secretaryships, ministerships, and each junior rank within the provider. Grew used to be in Berlin while the U.S. went to battle with Germany in 1917, used to be American Ambassador to Japan through the years major as much as Pearl Harbor, was once Undersecretary of country in the course of the conflict, and was once instrumental in making plans U.S. postwar process within the some distance East. during this wealthy and intimate biography, Heinrichs attracts on Grew's immense diary, correspondence, and several other inner most and legit collections to reconstruct the lifetime of a unprecedented profession diplomat. the following, Joseph C. Grew emerges as a guy of peace who used either ability and perception to sluggish the world's growth towards global warfare II.
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Phillips was Grew's close friend and a faithful mentor of the career principle in diplomacy and Grew's interests in particular. But it was House who had the final say on all personnel shifts. Grew had met House in 1914 and his mother was acquainted with Mrs. House in North Shore summer society. In March 1915 Grew had approached House for a transfer and the Colonel had been sympathetic, but nothing came of it. In January 1916 he mentioned it again to House during the latter's visit to Berlin. On this occasion House asked him about his political affiliations.
He read the mail, ascertained the action required, and sent it to the officer responsible. " But, since he read all outgoing mail too, he was able to catch mistakes. 7 Thanks to Grew, the quality of Embassy personnel, both regular and temporary, was exceptionally good. In regular staff appointments, William Phillips, Third Assistant Secretary of State, was careful to consult his friend Grew in order not to "spoil the machinery" Grew had developed. In temporary appointments, Grew consulted his brother Randolph and Professor Archie Coolidge.
In temporary appointments, Grew consulted his brother Randolph and Professor Archie Coolidge. Harvard, as a result, was well represented, with nine graduates serving at various times on the wartime staff, four of whom were also Grotonians. Grew felt this hand-picked staff "leavened" the Diplomatic Service, as indeed their subsequent records prove. Ellis Loring Dresel became High Commissioner in Germany, Lithgow Osborne Minister to Norway, Robert M. Scotten Ambassador to New Zealand, Hugh Wilson Ambassador to Germany, and Alexander Kirk Ambassador to Italy.
American Ambassador: Joseph C. Grew and the Development of the United States Diplomatic Tradition by Waldo H Heinrichs