- Arthur Bliss Lane
name = Arthur Bliss Lane
United States Ambassador
4 August 1945
24 February 1947
predecessor = Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr.
successor = Stanton Griffis
Franklin D. Roosevelt
birth_date = birth date|1894|6|16
birth_place = Brooklyn,
death_date = death date and age|1956|8|12|1894|6|16
nationality = American
Arthur Bliss Lane (
16 June 1894– 12 August 1956) was the United States Ambassador to Poland(1944–1947).
Lane was born in Bay Ridge,
Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. He was appointed U.S. Minister to Nicaragua(1933–1936); Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania(1936–1937); Kingdom of Yugoslavia, (1937–1941); and Costa Rica(1941–1942). He was then appointed U.S. Ambassador to Colombia(1942–1944), and subsequently to Poland (1944–1947).
While in Poland, Lane was so saddened that he resigned his post (on
February 24, 1947) [cite web |url = http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/po/com/11146.htm |title = Poland |format = List of Ambassadors to Poland |publisher = United States Department of State|year = 2004 |accessdate = 2007-08-24] and wrote the book which detailed what he considered to be the failure of the United States and Britain to keep their promise that the Poles would have a free election after the war. In that book he described what he considered betrayal of Poland by the Western Allies, hence the title, " I Saw Poland Betrayed". The book was tranlated into Polish and published in this version in the United States, and later by an underground publishing house in Poland in the 1980s.
According to Lane, the U.S. and Britain at the
Tehran Conferenceagreed to dismemberment of the eastern part of Poland. He considered it a breach of the United States Constitution, since Roosevelt never reported his decision to the Senate. The Yalta Conferencewas the death blow to Poland's hopes for independence and for a democratic form of government, said Lane.
Following his career at the State Department, Lane was active in investigating the Katyn Massacre and in several anti-Communist organizations.
After his death, Lane's papers were kept in
Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library.
title = United States Minister to Nicaragua
December 7, 1933– March 14, 1936
Matthew E. Hanna
Boaz Longsuccession box
title = United States Minister to Costa Rica
October 27, 1941– March 17, 1942
William H. Hornibrook
Robert M. Scottensuccession box
United States Ambassador to Colombia
John C. Wiley
30 April 1942– 18 October 1944succession box
United States Ambassador to Poland
before = Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr.
4 August 1945– 24 February 1947
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