(Ambassador to the US)
|Position not in use since 1979. Lots of interesting connections during the Shah's rule.|
Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, Iran has had no ambassador to the United States. Diplomatic relations were severed in April 1980. Another noticeable change was in 1953, after the US-arranged coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.
- After the 1953 coup, the ambassadors were close to the royal court, such as Nasrollah Entezam, who was "Grand Master of Ceremonies".
- Hushang Ansary "arrived in the U.S. a very wealthy man" after going in exile in 1979, and is a former friend and business partner of Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, and James Baker.
- 1888: Hossein-Gholi Khan Noori (Haji Washington)
- May 17, 1897 Mirza Alinaghi Khan, Ambassador Extraordinary on Special Mission
- August 1897 List: mission removed
- December 11, 1900, legation opened - listed as Persia
- December 11, 1900, General Isaac Khan, E.E. and M.P.
- June 1904 List General Morteza Khan, Appt. E.E. and M.P.
- February 24, 1905, E.E. and M.P. (Minister removed from September 1911 List)
- August 31, 1910 Mirza Ali-Gholi Khan, Charge d'Affaires (NOT a.i.)
- March 17, 1914 Mehdi Khan (diplomat) E.E. and M.P.
- April 25, 1918 Mirza Ali-Gholi Khan, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
- June 18, 1919 Mirza Abdul Ali Khan, Sadigh-es-Saltaneh, Appt. E.E. and M.P. (August 8, 1919, August E.E. and M.P.)
- August 30, 1921 Hossein Alai, Appt. E.E. and M.P. (November 15, 1921, E.E. and M.P.)
- October 5, 1926 Fathollah Khan Noury Esfandiary, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
- December 7, 1926 Mirza Davoud Khan Meftah, E.E. and M.P.
- October 17, 1931 Yadollah Azodi, Chargé d'Affaires (NOT a.i.)
- June 12, 1933 Ghaffar Djalal, E.E. and M.P.
- April 1935 Listed as Iran
- January 14, 1936 Hossein Ghods, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
- May 1936 Legation removed from list
- February 1939 Legation replaced in list
- January 25, 1939, Dr. Ali Akbar Daftary, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
- January 11, 1940 H. Hadjeb-Davallou, in charge of Legation (NOT Chargé d'Affaires)
- February 7, 1940 Mohammad Schayesteh, Appt. E.E. and M.P. (February 13, 1940, E.E. and M.P.)
- November 29, 1945, Legation raised to embassy
- November 19, 1945 Hossein Ala, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (November 29, 1945, Amb. E. and P.)
- September 8, 1950 Nasrollah Entezam, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (September 18, 1950, Amb. E. and P.)
- September 18, 1952 Allah-Yar Saleh, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (September 24, 1952, Amb. E. and P.)
- September 28, 1953, Mr. Abbas Aram, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. (Ambassador carried as absent)
- October 22, 1953 Nasrollah Entezam, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (November 2, 1953, Amb. E. and P.)
- January 19, 1956 Ali Amini, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (January 24, 1956, Amb. E. and P.)
- May 14, 1958, Dr. Ali Gholi Ardalan, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (May 22, 1958, Amb. E. and P.)
- March 16, 1960 Ardeshir Zahedi, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (March 23, 1960, Amb. E. and P.)
- March 30, 1962, P.C. Hossein Qods-Nakhai, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (April 6, 1962, Amb. E. and P.)
- April 5, 1963 Mahmoud Foroughi, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (April 24, 1963, Amb. E. and P.)
- May 11, 1965, Dr. Khosrow Khosrovani, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (June 7, 1965, Amb. E. and P.)
- May 17, 1967 Hushang Ansary, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (May 25, 1967, Amb. E. and P)
- October 16, 1969, Dr. Amir-Aslan Afshar, Amb. E. and P.
- March 7, 1973 Ardeshir Zahedi, Appt. Amb. E. and P. (April 9, 1973, Amb. E. and P. until the Iranian Revolution)
- Dr Mehdi Haeri Yazdi (1979 until Iran hostage crisis)
- April 7, 1980, Embassy closed - severed diplomatic relations
Office Holders on Wikispooks
|Ardeshir Zahedi||7 March 1973||11 February 1979|
|Ardeshir Zahedi||16 March 1960||3 March 1962|
- Avery, P.; Bayne Fisher, William; Hambly, G. R. G.; Melville, C., eds. (1990). The Cambridge History of Iran. 7. Cambridge University Press. p. 275
- Milani, p. 83: "According to William Shawcross, Ansary 'was one of the richest men' in Iran."; Milani, p. 84: "...he had clearly come to America a very rich man—Forbes called him a 'multimillionaire refugee'—...".