Henry F. Grady

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Henry Francis Grady (February 12, 1882 – September 14, 1957) was an American diplomat. Born in San Francisco, California to John Henry and Ellen Genevieve (Rourke) Grady, he earned a PhD in Economics from Columbia University. On October 18, 1917 he married Lucretia Louise del Valle (daughter of California State Senator Reginaldo Francisco del Valle and Helen M. (White) del Valle, and granddaughter of Ygnacio del Valle). Grady's daughter, Patricia Louise Grady, was born in Paris France 11 May 1920 and died 28 May 2000 in Asheville, Buncombe, NC. On 24 Aug 1942 she married diplomat John Paton Davies, Jr.

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Early career

Grady worked at the US Commerce Department in Economics as an aide to Secretary Herbert Hoover in 1921. He was the Dean, College of Commerce at the UC Berkeley from 1928 to 1937. He became President of the shipping company American President Lines in 1941 remaining there until 1947.

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Henry F.Grady, U.S. Ambassador-designate to India, and his wife on their arrival at Willingdon aerodrome, New Delhi, on June 25, 1949. Henry F.Grady and his wife arriving India as US Ambassador in 1949.jpg
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In October 1945, he was appointed by US President Harry S. Truman as his personal representative to the Allied commission supervising elections in Greece, this due to the volatile situation created by the Greek Civil War. [1]

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In July 1946, Grady, together with UK Deputy PM Herbert Morrison proposed "The Morrison-Grady Plan", a proposal for the solution of the Palestine problem, calling for federalization under overall British Trusteeship. Ultimately, the plan was rejected by both Arabs and Jews.

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Grady was the first US Ambassador to India, serving from 1947 to 1948 (concurrently US Ambassador to Nepal 1948). He was then appointed as US Ambassador to Greece from 1948 to 1950, and US Ambassador to Iran 1950–1951. He was a Member of the Pacific-Union Club in San Francisco, Ca. and a Family Club member.

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He died September 14, 1957 on board the SS President Wilson, Pacific Ocean from heart failure and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA.

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  1. statement by US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, Department of State Bulletin, October 21, 1945, p. 611
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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
United States Ambassador to India
1947 1948
Succeeded by
Loy W. Henderson
Preceded by
Lincoln MacVeagh
United States Ambassador to Greece
1948 1950
Succeeded by
John Emil Peurifoy
Preceded by
John C. Wiley
United States Ambassador to Iran
1950 1951
Succeeded by
Loy W. Henderson