John N. Irwin II
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John N. Irwin II
John N. Irwin
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United States Ambassador to France

March 23, 1973 - October 20, 1974
Arthur K. Watson
Kenneth Rush
1st United States Deputy Secretary of State

July 12, 1972 - February 1, 1973
Position established
Kenneth Rush
26th United States Under Secretary of State

September 21, 1970 - July 12, 1972
Elliot L. Richardson
Himself (as Deputy Secretary)
Personal details
John Nichol Irwin II

December 31, 1913
Keokuk, Iowa, U.S.
DiedFebruary 28, 2000(2000-02-28) (aged 86)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Jane Watson
(m. 1940; her death 1970)

Jane Reimers
(m. 1976; his death 2000)
ChildrenJohn, Jane, Watkins (stepchild), Thomas (stepchild), Carl (stepchild)

John Nichol Irwin II (December 31, 1913 - February 28, 2000) was an American diplomat and attorney during the Cold War.[1][2] During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific as a member of General Douglas MacArthur's staff and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.[1]


He was born on December 31, 1913 in Keokuk, Iowa.[1]

He was the last person to hold the position of Under Secretary of State when that was the U.S. State Department's second-ranking office (1970-1972). In 1972, he became the first person to hold the office of Deputy Secretary of State, which succeeded the office of Under Secretary; he held that office until February 1, 1973. In both capacities, his superior was Secretary William P. Rogers. Irwin resigned from the position of Deputy Secretary to serve as U.S. Ambassador to France.[2]

He died on February 28, 2000 in New Haven, Connecticut.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Nick Ravo (February 29, 2000). "John N. Irwin II, 86, Diplomat And Ex-Aide to MacArthur". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "John N. Irwin II". Soylent Communications. Retrieved .
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Arthur K. Watson
United States Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Kenneth Rush

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