Frank Lockhart (diplomat)
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Frank Lockhart Diplomat
Frank P. Lockhart
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Consul General of the United States, Shanghai

Clarence E. Gauss
Monnett B. Davis
Personal details
Born(1881-04-08)8 April 1881
Pittsburg, Texas, United States of America
Died25 August 1949(1949-08-25) (aged 68)
Washington DC

Frank Pruitt Lockhart (April 8, 1881 - August 25, 1949) was an American diplomat who served for many years in China.

Early life

Lockhart was born April 8, 1881 in Pittsburg, Texas, the son of Franklin Asbury and Mary E. (Pruitt) Lockhart.[1]

He attended Grayson College. Following graduation he first worked as a newspaper editor in Texas.[2] After two years he went to Washington DC where he worked as a private secretary to Morris Sheppard, who was a senator and subsequently member of the House of Representatives.[3]

Diplomatic career

Lockhart, Clarence E. Gauss, Admiral William A. Glassford and RJ McMullen in Shanghai 1941
1941 US consular passport issued at Shanghai by Lockhart. The holder would later be interned at Pootung internment camp during the war.

In 1914, Lockhart joined the State Department as assistant chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs eventually rising to chief of the division. He was involved in the Washington Naval Conference on arms control as an expert. In 1925, he was appointed US consul-general in Hankow and between 1931 and 1933 he was US Consul-General in Tianjin. In 1933, he was transferred to the US Embassy in Peiping as Counsellor to the US Embassy. Lockhart was appointed consul-general in Shanghai, in 1939 serving until December 7, 1941 when the US Consulate was occupied at the beginning of the Pacific War. He was interned until he was repatriated in mid 1942 on the MS Gripsholm.[4]

From October 1942, he was chief of the Office of Philippine Affairs and promoted to the chief of the Division of Philippine Affairs in Jan 1944 until his retirement in 1946.[5] He subsequently joined the American Foreign Service Association serving as a director and business manager of the American Foreign Service Journal.[6]


Lockhart married Ruby Hess in 1904.[7] They had a son, Frank Pruitt Lochkart Jr[8] and a daughter Maurine who married to Lieut. Robert Emmet Cofer of the United States Navy in 1928.[9]


Lockhart died on August 25, 1949 at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC.[10] He was interred in Rose Hill Cemetery in Pittsburg, Texas[11]


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