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John R. Hamilton
Ambassador to Peru

John R. Hamilton was nominated by President Clinton to be U.S. Ambassador to Peru on April 16 1999, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 1, and was sworn in on July 26. Ambassador Hamilton arrived in Peru on September 3, 1999 and presented his credentials on September 6. Ambassador Hamilton served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the Department of State from July 1998 to July 1999.

He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America, the Caribbean and Cuba. A member of the Senior Foreign Service with rank of Minister-Counselor, he was Director of the Office of Central America and Panamanian Affairs from July 1992 to January 1996. He served as political counselor at our embassies in San Jose, Costa Rica (1989-92) and Lima, Peru (1986-89), the latter under Ambassador Alexander Watson.

Ambassador Hamilton joined the Foreign Service in l970. He has also served in Spain, Mexico and Greece, in addition to several assignments in Washington. The recipient of four Superior Honor Awards, he is a fluent Spanish speaker. Ambassador Hamilton graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina (1967) and holds a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University (1982). He spent two years on active duty in the United States Navy Reserve, in the Western Pacific, immediately before entering the Foreign Service. Ambassador Hamilton is married to Donna Jean Hamilton, who is also a member of the Senior Foreign Service. Mrs. Hamilton was Consul General of the United States in Lima, 1986-1989. The Hamiltons have two daughters, Kathryn -- a recent graduate of the University of Virginia -- and Erin, a student at Rice University.

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