Henry Cobot Lodge

1902- 1985

U.S. Ambassador



US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge was born into a prominent Massachusetts family on July 5, 1902 in Nahat Mass. He went to Harvard College. In 1936, the Republican politician was elected to the US Senate, and was reelected in 1942.

He resigned in 1944 to fight in the Army during World War II, the first Senator to resign from the body in order to fight in a conflict since the Civil War. After the war, Lodge was reelected to the Senate.

Lodge managed Dwight Eisenhower's Presidential campaign in 1952, but was defeated in the same year in his own bid for reelection to the Senate by Democrat John F. Kennedy. Lodge was US Ambassador to the United Nations from 1953 to 1960, when he became Richard Nixon's running mate in the 1960 Presidential election. After the two Republicans lost the election, Lodge served as US Ambassador to Vietnam (1963-64, 1965-67), during which time he supported the escalation of America's military presence in the country. Lodge served briefly as Ambassador to West Germany, and then became chief US representative to the 1969 Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam