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George S. Messersmith

Born: Oct 3, 1883

Death: Jan 29, 1960

Birthplace: Fleetwood

Nationality: United States

George S. Messersmith

Date of Birth : Oct 3, 1883
Date of Death : Jan 29, 1960
Birth Place : Fleetwood

George Strausser Messersmith was a United States ambassador to Austria, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina. Messersmith also served as head of the U.S. Consulate in Germany from 1930 to 1934, during the rise of the Nazi party. He was best known in his day for his controversial decision to issue a visa to Albert Einstein to travel to the United States. He is also known today for his diplomatic handling of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, later Duke and Dutchess of Windsor, in the era leading up to World War II.

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