Arthur Bliss Lane


Arthur Bliss Lane

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name = Arthur Bliss Lane


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office=United States Ambassador
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term_start = 4 August 1945
term_end = 24 February 1947
predecessor = Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr.
successor = Stanton Griffis
president = Franklin D. Roosevelt
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birth_place = Brooklyn, New York
death_date = death date and age|1956|8|12|1894|6|16
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Arthur Bliss Lane (16 June 189412 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 Conference agreed 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 Conference was 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.

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title = United States Minister to Nicaragua
years = December 7, 1933March 14, 1936
before = Matthew E. Hanna
after = Boaz Long
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title = United States Minister to Costa Rica
years = October 27, 1941March 17, 1942
before = William H. Hornibrook
after = Robert M. Scotten
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title = United States Ambassador to Colombia
before = Spruille Braden
after = John C. Wiley
years = 30 April 194218 October 1944
succession box
title = United States Ambassador to Poland
before = Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr.
after = Stanton Griffis
years = 4 August 194524 February 1947


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