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Clarence E. Gauss

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Clarence E. Gauss
Clarence Gauss.png
Consul General of the United States, Mukden
In office
Consul General of the United States, Tainan
In office
Consul General of the United States, Tientsin
In office
Consul General of the United States, Paris
In office
Consul General of the United States, Shanghai
In office
Preceded byMonnett Bain Davis
Succeeded byFrank P. Lockhart
United States Minister to Australia
In office
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byNelson T. Johnson
United States Ambassador to China
In office
Preceded byNelson T. Johnson
Succeeded byPatrick Hurley
Personal details
Clarence Edward Gauss

(1887-01-12)January 12, 1887
Washington D.C.
DiedApril 8, 1960(1960-04-08) (aged 73)
Los Angeles

Clarence Edward Gauss (January 12, 1887 – April 8, 1960)[1] was an American diplomat.

Personal background

Gauss was born in Washington, D.C., as the son of Herman Gauss and Emile J. (Eisenman) Gauss. He married Rebecca Louise Barker in 1917. He was a Republican and a Protestant.

Diplomatic career

Frank P Lockhart, Gauss, Admiral William A. Glassford and RJ McMullen in Shanghai 1941
Frank P Lockhart, Gauss, Admiral William A. Glassford and RJ McMullen in Shanghai 1941
British Judge Sir Allan Mossop and Gauss in Shanghai in 1939
British Judge Sir Allan Mossop and Gauss in Shanghai in 1939

Gauss was a career Foreign Service Officer for the United States Foreign Service. He was posted as U.S. Vice Consul in Shanghai, 1912–15; U.S. Consul in Shanghai, 1916; Amoy, 1916–20; Tsinan, 1920–23; U.S. Consul General in Mukden, 1923–24; Tsinan, 1924–26; Shanghai, 1926–27 (acting), 1935–38; Tientsin, 1927–31; Paris, 1935; Shanghai, 1935-1940. From 1940-41 he served as U.S. Minister to Australia, and was the United States ambassador to the Republic of China during the Second World War.[2] He resigned from the post in November 1944, and was replaced by Patrick Hurley.


U.S. Vice Consul

U.S. Consul

U.S. Consul General

U.S. Minister

  • Australia, 1940-1941

U.S. Ambassador

  • China, 1941-1944

Later life

After leaving diplomatic service, Gauss was director of the Export–Import Bank of the United States. He died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles on April 8, 1960.[3]


  1. ^ The United States in Asia: A Historical Dictionary
  2. ^ U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian. Gauss Clarence Edward
  3. ^ "Former U.S. Ambassador to China, Australia Dies". Los Angeles Times. April 9, 1960. p. 3. Retrieved April 18, 2020 – via

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Nelson T. Johnson
US Ambassador to China
Succeeded by
Patrick Hurley
Preceded by
first incumbent
U.S. Ambassador to Australia
Succeeded by
Nelson T. Johnson
This page was last edited on 18 April 2020, at 16:36
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