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James Theodore "Ted" Marriner
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Birth: May 17, 1892
Cumberland County
Maine, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1937, Syria

Born in Portland, Maine, J. Theodore Marriner attended Dartmouth College where he received an A.B. in 1914. At Harvard University he earned his A.M. in 1915. A Philology major, he was awarded a PhD by Harvard in 1918. From 1916 to 1918 he also worked as an assistant on the English faculty at Harvard, teaching at Harvard and Radcliffe College. He took the examination for the Diplomatic Service on June 25, 1918. A month later, on July 25, 1918, he entered military service and was assigned to the 151st Depot Brigade, Camp Devens, Massachusetts. Due to a heart condition, he was discharged on August 2, 1918. On August 27, 1918, he was appointed to the Diplomatic Service as a Secretary of Embassy or Legation of class four. On October 2, 1918, he was assigned to Stockholm as 2nd Secretary. He was assigned to Bucharest on August 9, 1921 and, while serving at that post, was named to the American delegation to the coronation of the King and Queen of Romania. He was assigned to duties in the State Department on July 23, 1923, and served as a member of the Publications Committee from 1925-26. On November 1, 1926, he was assigned to the position of first secretary at Berne. After a short stay in Berne (during which he was called upon to serve as Charge' d'Affaires) he was reassigned to Washington on February 24, 1927, to serve as the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs. On April 1, 1931, he was assigned to Paris as Counselor of Embassy and, while in Paris, frequently served as Charge' d'Affaires. He was assigned as Consul General in Beirut, then a part of Syria, on November, 16, 1935.

In addition to the positions to which he was assigned, J. Thomas Marriner also served as an advisor to, or as a member of, the American delegations to a number of important international commissions and conferences. These included the Preparatory Commission for Disarmament Conference (Geneva, 1926-27), the Special Commission for the Preparation of a Draft Convention on the Manufacture of Arms (Geneva, 1927), the Pact for Renunciation of War (Paris, 1928), the London Naval Conference (1930), the Conference of Ministers for a Moratorium on International Debts (London, 1931), the General Disarmament Conference (Geneva, 1932), and the Eighth General Conference on Weights and Measures (Paris, 1933).

While serving as Consul General, on October 12, 1937, he was shot and killed on the sidewalk outside the Consulate by an Armenia-born naturalized U.S. Citizen who had decided to take revenge for a perceived insult by murdering a member of the Consulate staff.

His remains were returned to Portland, Maine, for interment. J. Theodore Marriner is among those who are commemorated on the American Foreign Service Association Memorial Plaques. 
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Record added: Mar 22, 2011
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James Theodore Ted Marriner
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