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Special Representative for the Panama Canal Negotiations Designation of Sol M. Linowitz

February 08, 1977

The President today designated Ambassador Sol M. Linowitz to be part-time co-negotiator of the Panama Canal negotiations. Ambassador Linowitz will join Ambassador at Large Ellsworth Bunker in heading the U.S. negotiating team. He will serve as Special Representative of the President with the personal rank of Ambassador.

Mr. Linowitz was born December 7, 1913, in Trenton, N.J. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1935. He then attended Cornell Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Cornell Law Quarterly, and graduated first in his class in 1938.

From 1938 to 1942, Mr. Linowitz practiced law in Rochester, N.Y., with the firm of Sutherland and Sutherland, and then became Assistant General Counsel of the Office of Price Administration in Washington. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

Mr. Linowitz returned to Rochester after the war to practice law. He became vice president and general counsel of Xerox Corp. in 1946. From 1961 to 1966, he was chairman of the board of Xerox Corp. From October 1966 until May 1969, Mr. Linowitz was U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States and U.S. Representative on the Inter-American Committee of the Alliance for Progress. In 1969 he left these positions to join Coudert Brothers.

Mr. Linowitz is cochairman of the National Urban Coalition, president of the Federal City Council, chairman of the National Council of the Foreign Policy Association, and chairman of the board of overseers of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a member of the National Commission on Critical Choices for Americans and Chairman of the Commission on U.S.-Latin American Relations.

Ambassador Linowitz is married to the former Toni Zimmerman and is the father of four daughters.

Jimmy Carter, Special Representative for the Panama Canal Negotiations Designation of Sol M. Linowitz Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243733

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