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Nomination of Harry G. Barnes, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to India

August 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Harry G. Barnes, Jr., of Maryland, to be Ambassador to India. He would succeed Robert F. Goheen.

In 1951 Mr. Barnes entered the Foreign Service as consular officer in Bombay and was head of the consular section in Prague in 1953-55. He attended Russian language training in Oberammergau, Germany, in 1955-56. He was publications procurement officer in Moscow in 1957-59. In 1959-62 he was political officer in the Office of Soviet Affairs in the Department of State. He attended the National War College in 1962-63. In 1963-67 he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu. He attended Romanian language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1967-68 and was Deputy Chief of Mission in Bucharest in 1968-71. In the Department he was supervisory personnel officer (1971-72) and deputy executive secretary (1972-74). In 1974-77 he was Ambassador to Romania. In 1977-81 he was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel in the Department.

Mr. Barnes was born June 5, 1926, in St. Paul, Minn. He graduated (B.A.) summa cum laude in 1949 from Amherst College and received his M.A. in 1968 from Columbia University. He served in the United States Army in 1944-46. Mr. Barnes is married, has four children, and resides in Bethesda, Md.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Harry G. Barnes, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to India Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/246969