Everett F. Drumright
|United States Ambassador to Taiwan|
March 8, 1958 – March 8, 1962
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower |
John F. Kennedy
|Preceded by||Karl L. Rankin|
|Succeeded by||Alan G. Kirk|
|Born||September 15, 1906|
Drumright, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||April 24, 1993 (aged 86)|
Poway, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
Drumright was born in Drumright, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in business administration in 1929. After graduation, Drumright briefly worked for his father's business while studying for the Foreign service exam.
Foreign Service career
On January 2, 1931, Drumright began his diplomatic career as a Vice-consul in Juarez, Mexico. He held a variety of posts with the United States Department of State, including as a language officer in China and Tokyo. In 1945, he was named as the chief of the U.S. Division of Chinese Affairs.
From 1948 until 1953, he worked overseas with posts in Seoul, New Delhi, and Bombay. In 1953 he was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs, and served in that post for several years.
United States Ambassador
In 1958, Drumright was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of China. He was subsequently confirmed by the United States Senate. Drumright continued to serve in the role throughout the early years of John F. Kennedy's presidency.
In 1960, Drumright worked to establish the fourth Surplus Agricultural Commodities Agreement between the Republic of China and the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, the government of the Republic of China would purchase surplus agricultural commodities and pay the United States in New Taiwan dollars. The United States agreed to then allocate those dollars towards mutual defense projects and educational exchange programs.
During his tenure in Taiwan, Drumright worked closely with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and General Chiang Kai-shek during the crisis over Quemoy and Matsu, two islands off the China coastline. The islands were the target of takeover attempts and a propaganda campaign by the Government in Beijing.
Drumright was married to Florence Teets Drumright in 1953. He served on the Board of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California.
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Karl L. Rankin
| United States Ambassador to the R.O.C.
March 8, 1958–March 8, 1962
Alan G. Kirk