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United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone - Nomination of John A. Linehan

May 23, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate John A. Linehan, of Bethesda, Md, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Sierra Leone. Linehan is Deputy Chief of Mission in Accra, Ghana.

He was born July 20, 1924, in Gloucester, Mass. He received a B.A. from Boston University in 1948, a B.S. from Georgetown University in 1949, and an M.P.S. from Auburn University in 1971. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945.

Linehan served as a clerk at the State Department in 1949 and 1950 and as a foreign affairs officer from 1950 to 1952. From 1953 to 1956, he was consular officer in Paris, and from 1956 to 1958 he was consular officer in Quebec.

From 1958 to 1962, Linehan was a personnel officer, placement specialist, and then international relations officer at the State Department. He served as principal officer in Adelaide from 1962 to 1967 and as supervisor political officer in Monrovia from 1967 to 1970.

Linehan was detailed to the Air War College in 1970-71. From 1971 to 1973, he was an international relations officer at the State Department, and from 1973 to 1975 he was Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Bureau of African Affairs. Since 1975 he has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Accra.

Jimmy Carter, United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone - Nomination of John A. Linehan Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243084