John R. Hamilton
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John R. Hamilton was sworn in on December 6, 2002, as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Peru from 1999 until 2002. From July 1998 until 1999, Ambassador Hamilton was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central American, the Caribbean, and Cuba. Ambassador Hamilton was Director of the Office of Central American and Panamanian Affairs from July 1992 through January 1996. He was also political counselor in San José, Costa Rica (1989-92) and Lima, Peru (1986-89).
Ambassador Hamilton entered the Foreign Service in 1970, serving in Spain, Mexico, and Greece as well as in Washington, D.C. He has received the Department of State's Superior Honor Award four times. He speaks fluent Spanish.
Ambassador Hamilton graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and earned a master's degree in Latin American studies from Stanford University in 1982. For 2 years prior to entering the Foreign Service, he was on active duty in the Marine Corps Reserve in the Western Pacific.
Released on December 6, 2002