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Assistant Secretaries of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: W. Walton Butterworth
State of Residency: Louisiana
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Sep 27, 1949
Entry on Duty: Sep 29, 1949
Termination of Appointment: Jul 4, 1950
Note: Originally designated Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs; Japanese Affairs from Mar 28, 1950.

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Dean Rusk
State of Residency: Virginia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Feb 8, 1949
Entry on Duty: Mar 28, 1950
Termination of Appointment: Dec 9, 1951
Note: Commissioned as Assistant Secretary. Originally designated as Assistant Secretary for United Nations Affairs and as Deputy Under Secretary from May 26, 1949.

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: John M. Allison
State of Residency: Nebraska
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Feb 1, 1952
Entry on Duty: Feb 1, 1952
Termination of Appointment: Apr 7, 1953

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Walter S. Robertson
State of Residency: Virginia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 27, 1953
Entry on Duty: Apr 8, 1953
Termination of Appointment: Jun 30, 1959

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: J. Graham Parsons
State of Residency: New York
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Jun 5, 1959
Entry on Duty: Jul 1, 1959
Termination of Appointment: Mar 30, 1961

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Walter P. McConaughy
State of Residency: Alabama
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Apr 18, 1961
Entry on Duty: Apr 24, 1961
Termination of Appointment: Dec 3, 1961

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: W. Averell Harriman
State of Residency: New York
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Nov 29, 1961
Entry on Duty: Dec 4, 1961
Termination of Appointment: Apr 3, 1963
Note: Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on Mar 5, 1962.

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Roger Hilsman, Jr.
State of Residency: Maryland
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Apr 25, 1963
Entry on Duty: May 9, 1963
Termination of Appointment: Mar 15, 1964

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: William P. Bundy
State of Residency: Maryland
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 10, 1964
Entry on Duty: Mar 16, 1964
Termination of Appointment: May 4, 1969

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Marshall Green
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: May 1, 1969
Entry on Duty: May 5, 1969
Termination of Appointment: May 10, 1973

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: G. McMurtrie Godley
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Foreign Service officer
Note: Not commissioned; nomination withdrawn before the Senate acted upon it.

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Robert Stephen Ingersoll
State of Residency: Illinois
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Dec 19, 1973
Entry on Duty: Jan 8, 1974
Termination of Appointment: Jul 9, 1974

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Philip C. Habib
State of Residency: California
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Sep 19, 1974
Entry on Duty: Sep 27, 1974
Termination of Appointment: Jun 30, 1976

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Arthur W. Hummel, Jr.
State of Residency: Maryland
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Jun 16, 1976
Entry on Duty: Jul 12, 1976
Termination of Appointment: Mar 14, 1977

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Richard C. Holbrooke
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 23, 1977
Entry on Duty: Mar 31, 1977
Termination of Appointment: Jan 13, 1981

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: John H. Holdridge
State of Residency: Maryland
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: May 20, 1981
Entry on Duty: May 28, 1981
Termination of Appointment: Jan 13, 1981

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Paul D. Wolfowitz
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Dec 16, 1982
Entry on Duty: Dec 22, 1982
Termination of Appointment: Mar 12, 1986

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Gaston J. Sigur, Jr.
State of Residency: Maryland
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 4, 1986
Entry on Duty: Mar 12, 1986
Termination of Appointment: Feb 21, 1989

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Richard L. Armitage
State of Residency: Virginia
Non-career appointee
Note: Nomination withdrawn.

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Richard H. Solomon
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Jun 23, 1989
Entry on Duty: June 23, 1989
Termination of Appointment: Jul 10, 1992

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: William Clark, Jr.
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Jul 7, 1992
Entry on Duty: Jul 10, 1992
Termination of Appointment: Apr 23, 1993

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Winston Lord
State of Residency: New York
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Apr 22, 1993
Entry on Duty: Apr 23, 1993
Termination of Appointment: Feb 18, 1997

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Stanley O. Roth
State of Residency: Virginia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Aug 1, 1997
Entry on Duty: Aug 5, 1997
Termination of Appointment: Jan 20, 2001

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: James Andrew Kelly
State of Residency: Hawaii
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Apr 30, 2001
Entry on Duty: May 1, 2001
Termination of Appointment: Jan 31, 2005

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Name: Christopher R. Hill                                                                        State of Residency: Rhode Island
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Mar 28, 2005
Entry on Duty: Apr 8, 2005
Termination of Appointment:


Creation of Position: The Department of State established the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs in 1949, after the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government (Hoover Commission) recommended that certain offices be upgraded to bureau level and after Congress increased the number of Assistant Secretaries of State from six to ten (May 26, 1949; P.L. 81-73; 63 Stat. 111). On Nov 1, 1966, the Department by administrative action changed the incumbent's designation to Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. The Division of Far Eastern Affairs, established in 1908, was the first geographical division to be established in the Department of State.


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