Arthur A. Hartman

Arthur Adair Hartman (March 12, 1926 – March 16, 2015) was an American career diplomat who served as Ambassador to France under Jimmy Carter and Ambassador to the Soviet Union under Ronald Reagan.

Arthur A. Hartman
6th United States Ambassador to France
In office
July 7, 1977 – October 14, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byKenneth Rush
Succeeded byEvan Griffith Galbraith
17th United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
September 28, 1981 – February 20, 1987
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byThomas J. Watson, Jr.
Succeeded byJack F. Matlock, Jr.
Personal details
Arthur Adair Hartman

(1926-03-12)March 12, 1926
New York City, New York
DiedMarch 16, 2015(2015-03-16) (aged 89)
Washington D.C.


Hartman served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from Harvard University in 1947 and attended Harvard Law School from 1947 to 1948. Rather than pursuing a degree, he took a job in the Marshall Plan administration in Europe, followed by work in the Foreign Service.[1] Among his many postings with the State Department over the years were positions in Paris, Saigon, London and in Brussels as deputy chief of the U.S. Mission to the European Union. In 1974, Hartman was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. From 1977 until 1981 he was the Ambassador to France[2] and from 1981 until 1987 Ambassador to the Soviet Union.[3]

Hartman was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the French American Foundation and was on the Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution. He was awarded the French Légion d'honneur. In 2004, he was one of the 26 founders of Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change. Hartman died on March 16, 2015 in Washington, D.C., four days after his 89th birthday.[4]


  1. ^ "MAN IN THE NEWS; FROM OPERA TO BOLSHOI: ARTHUR A HARTMAN". The New York Times. August 22, 1981. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  2. ^ "Corrections". The New York Times. August 18, 1981. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  3. ^ Stephen Engleberg (March 31, 1987). "Departing U.S. Envoy Criticizes Use of Young Marine Guards in Moscow". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  4. ^ 'Arthur A. Hartman, U.S. ambassador to Soviet Union, Dies at 89,' New York Times, Sam Roberts, March 18, 2015

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Government offices
Preceded by
Walter John Stoessel, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
January 8, 1974 – June 8, 1977
Succeeded by
George S. Vest
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kenneth Rush
United States Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Evan G. Galbraith
Preceded by
Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
Succeeded by
Jack F. Matlock, Jr.