Wednesday, April 7, 2010
AS SEEN IN:
'The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries'
("Clouds Of Witness")
AS PLAYED BY:
Alanson Bigelow Houghton (October 10, 1863– September 15, 1941) was an American businessman, politician, and diplomat who served as a Congressman and Ambassador. He was a member of the Republican Party.
On February 24, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge appointed Houghton as the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain. Houghton assumed the post on April 6, 1925 and served until April 27, 1929. Houghton’s service in both Germany and England gave him a unique ability to address the issue of the war reparations Germany owed to its World War I opponents, England being one of them. Houghton laid some of the ground work for the Dawes Plan, named after then U.S. Vice President Charles G. Dawes, who would be Houghton’s successor as Ambassador to Great Britain.
Houghton became the American Ambassador to Great Britain 85 years ago yesterday. He was not identified by name in the Wimsey mystery......