Monnett Bain Davis

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Monnett Bain Davis, United States Ambassador to Israel with Chaim Weizmann, President of Israel. 1951
BornAugust 13, 1893
Greencastle, Indiana
DiedDecember 26, 1953 (Age 60)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Alma materUniversity of Colorado
Victim ofpremature death
American diplomat in the early and mid 20th century. Ambassador to Denmark and Israel.

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In office
June 21, 1945 - January 10, 1946

Employment.png US/Ambassador to Panama

In office
February 26, 1948 - May 28, 1948

Employment.png US/Ambassador to Israel

In office
February 26, 1951 - December 26, 1953
Died at post on December 26, 1953

Monnett Bain Davis was an American diplomat in the early and mid 20th century.

Early life

Davis was born in Greencastle, Indiana on August 13, 1893. He was named for his maternal grandmother, Mary Monnett Bain, a benefactress of the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. He was educated at the University of Colorado, A.B.

During World War I, he served in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in the United States Army.[1]

Diplomatic career

Following WWI, Davis entered into the United States Foreign Service and served tours of duty representing American interests abroad as US Consul in Port Elizabeth (1921-23) and Saltillo (1924) and then as US Consul General in Stockholm (1933-1934), Shanghai (1935-36), Singapore (1936-37) and Buenos Aires (1938-41).[2]

During WWII, he served as the Deputy Director of the Office of the Foreign Service and then as Director General of the Foreign Service.[3]

Post World War II, Davis served as United States Minister in Denmark from June 1945 to January 1946. He was then appointed once again as United States Consul-General in Shanghai from 1946 to 1947. In 1948, we was given his assignment as United States Ambassador to Panama serving until 1951 before being transferred to the post of U.S. Ambassador to Israel in 1951.


Ambassador Davis died in his sleep in the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv on December 26, 1953.[4] His body was returned to the United States and interred at Arlington National Cemetery (Section 2, Grave 4876).[5]


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