List of dignitaries at the state funeral of John F. Kennedy

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Nations that attended the funeral (blue) or whose dignitaries arrived too late, but attended Lyndon B. Johnson's reception on November 25 (pink).

This is a list of dignitaries at the state funeral of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, and the funeral took place on November 25, 1963, in Washington, D.C..

The gathering of dignitaries was considered the largest gathering of foreign statesmen in the history of the United States.[1][2] It was also the largest gathering of foreign dignitaries at a state funeral since that of King Edward VII in London in 1910. Although the state funerals of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1969 and Ronald Reagan in 2004 had large gatherings of foreign dignitaries, the funeral of Kennedy was the largest gathering of foreign dignitaries at any funeral in the United States, drawing 220 foreign dignitaries from 92 foreign nations, including 19 heads of state and government.[3] Eisenhower's drew 191 from 78 nations,[4] while Reagan's drew 218 from 165 nations.[5]

Contents:

Official delegations[edit]

A[edit]

Country Person Title
 Afghanistan H. E. Assadullah Seraj Ambassador to France[6]
 Algeria Abdelkadir Chanderil
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
El Hadj Benalla
Amar Ouzegane
Cherif Guellal
President of the Republic
President of the National Assembly
Foreign Minister
Minister of State
Ambassador to the United States
 Argentina Carlos Humberto Perette
Miguel Ángel Zavala Ortiz
Ignacio Avalos
Vice President
Minister of Foreign Relations
Secretary of War
 Australia Alister McMullin President of the Australian Senate
 Austria Alfons Gorbach Chancellor

B[edit]

Country Person Title
 Bahamas Roland Theodore Symonette Premier-designate
 Belgium Baudouin
Paul-Henri Spaak
King
Minister of Foreign Affairs
 Bolivia Enrique Sánchez de Lozada Ambassador to the United States
 Brazil João Augusto de Araújo Castro
Auro Mora Andrade
Zitorino Freire
Antonio Carlos Konder Reis
Roberto de Oliveira Campos
Foreign Minister
President of the Senate
Majority Leader of the Senate
Minority Leader of the Senate
Ambassador to the United States
 Burundi H. E. Leon Ndenzako Ambassador to the United States[7]
 Bulgaria Milko Tarabanov Deputy Foreign Minister

C[edit]

Country Person Title
 Cambodia Prince Norodom Kantol Prime Minister
 Cameroon Benoît Balla-Ondoux Foreign Minister
 Canada Lester B. Pearson
Paul Martin
Prime Minister
Secretary of State for External Affairs
 Chile Carlos Martínez Representative to the United Nations
 Republic of China Tsiang Tingfu Ambassador to the United States
 Colombia Alberto Lleras Camargo Former President
 Congo Emmanuel Damongo-Dadet Ambassador to the United States[7]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Masangu Deputy Premier
 Costa Rica José Figueres Ferrer Former President
 Cyprus H. E. Zenon Rossides Ambassador to the United States[6]
 Czechoslovakia Jiří Hájek Representative to the United Nations[8]

D[edit]

Country Person Title
 Denmark Jens Otto Krag Prime Minister

E[edit]

Country Person Title
 Ecuador Neftali Ponce Miranda Foreign Minister
 El Salvador Héctor Escobar Serrano Foreign Minister
 Ethiopia Haile Selassie I
Ras Andaregatchew Masai
Eskinder Desta
Teferawork Kidane-Wold
Lij Kassa Woldemariam
Emperor
Governor of Sidamo
Commander of the Ethiopian Navy
Minister of the Pen
President of Haile Selassie I University

F[edit]

Country Person Title
 Finland Veli Merikoski Minister for Foreign Affairs
 France Charles de Gaulle
Maurice Couve de Murville
Charles Ailleret
Étienne Burin des Roziers
President
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Chief of the Defence Staff
Secretary General of the President

G[edit]

Country Person Title
 West Germany Heinrich Lübke
Ludwig Erhard
Gerhard Schröder
Kai-Uwe von Hassel
Willy Brandt
President
Chancellor
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Defence
Mayor of West Berlin
 Ghana Miguel A. Ribeiro
K. Armah
Alex Quaison-Sackey
Ambassador to the United States
High Commissioner in London
Representative to the United Nations
 Greece Frederica
Sofoklis Venizelos
Queen consort
Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister
 Guatemala Alberto Herrarte González
José de Dios Agular
Foreign Minister
Private Secretary to the Government
 Guinea Saifonlaye Diallo
Leon Maka
Alessane Dioh
Minister of State
President of the National Assembly
Minister of Communications

H[edit]

Country Person Title
 Haiti H. E. Carlet Auguste Ambassador to the United Nations[9]
 Holy See Rev. Egidio Vagnozzi Apostolic Delegate
Hungary Hungary Péter Mód First Deputy Foreign Minister

I[edit]

Country Person Title
 Iceland Guðmundur Ívarsson Guðmundsson Foreign Minister
 India Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Delegate to the United Nations
 Indonesia Abdul Haris Nasution
Sudjarwo Tjondronegoro
Minister for Defense and Security Affairs
Deputy Foreign Minister
 Iran Prince Gholam Reza Pahlavi
Abbas Aram
Brother of the Shah of Iran
Foreign Minister
 Iraq H. E. Ali Haidar Sulaiman Ambassador to the United States[6]
 Ireland Éamon de Valera
Frank Aiken
Vivion de Valera
President
Minister of External Affairs
Son of Éamon de Valera
 Israel Zalman Shazar
Golda Meir
President
Foreign Minister
 Italy Attilio Piccioni
Piero Vinci
Guerino Roberti
Emiliano Scotti
Foreign Minister
Foreign Ministry chef du cabinet
Assistant Chief of Protocol
Military Counselor to the President
 Ivory Coast Phillipe Yace
Camille Alliali
President of the National Assembly
Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs

J[edit]

Country Person Title
 Jamaica Alexander Bustamante
Paul Cook
James Lloyd
Noel Crosswell
Prime Minister
Chief of Staff
Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs
Chief of Police
 Japan Hayato Ikeda
Masayoshi Ōhira
Prime Minister
Foreign Minister
 Jordan Antone Atallah Foreign Minister

K[edit]

Country Person Title
 South Korea Park Chung-hee Acting President

L[edit]

Country Person Title
Laos Laos Tiao Khampan
Sisouk na Champassak
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Ambassador to India
 Lebanon Ibrahim Ahdab
George Hakim
Ambassador to the United States
Representative to the United Nations
 Liberia William R. Tolbert, Jr.
J. Rudolph Grimes
Vice-President
Secretary of State
Libya Libya Wahbi al-Bouri Representative to the United Nations
 Luxembourg Jean
Eugène Schaus
Hereditary Grand Duke
Foreign Minister

M[edit]

Country Person Title
Madagascar Madagascar Louis Rakotomalala Permanent Representative to the United Nations
 Mali R. E. Oumar Sow Representative to the United Nations[10]
 Mexico Manuel Tello Baurraud Secretary of Foreign Affairs
 Morocco Moulay Abdallah
Ahmed Reda Guedira
Mohammad Ziani
Abdelkader Benjelloun
Ali Benjelloun
Ahmed Taibi Benhima
Badir din Senoussi
Mohamed Meziane
Moulay Hafid
Prince
Foreign Minister
Attaché to the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister
Minister of Justice
Ambassador
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Attaché to the Royal Cabinet
Inspector General of the Armed Forces
Director General of Royal Protocol

N[edit]

Country Person Title
Nepal Nepal H. E. Matrika Prasad Koirala Ambassador to the United States[11]
 Netherlands Bernhard
Beatrix
Joseph Luns
The Prince of the Netherlands
Crown Princess
Minister of Foreign Affairs
 New Zealand R. E. George Laking Ambassador to the United States[12]
 Nicaragua Luis Somoza Debayle
Alfonso Ortega Urbina
Senator and Former President
Foreign Minister
 Norway Harald
Einar Gerhardsen
Crown Prince
Prime Minister

P[edit]

Country Person Title
 Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Minister of Foreign Affairs
 Panama Galileo Solís
Arturo Morgan Morales
Minister of Foreign Affairs
 Paraguay Juan Plate Ambassador to the United Nations[12]
 Peru Víctor Andrés Belaúnde Permanent Representative to the United Nations
 Philippines Diosdado Macapagal
Eva Macapagal
President
First Lady
Poland Poland Stanisław Kulczyński
Piotr Jaroszewicz
Deputy Chairman of the Council of State
Deputy Prime Minister
 Portugal Luís Supico Pinto President of the Corporative Chamber

R[edit]

Country Person Title
Romania Romania M. Milita Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

S[edit]

Country Person Title
 Saudi Arabia Rashad Pharaon
Abdallah Hababi
Ambassador to France
Chargé d'affaires in Washington
 Sierra Leone John Karefa-Smart Minister of External Affairs
Somalia Somalia Mohammed Ali Daar Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs
 Soviet Union Anastas Mikoyan First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers
 South Africa H. E. Dr. Willem C. Naude Ambassador to the United Nations[13]
 Spain Agustín Muñoz Grandes First Vice President of the Government
 Sweden Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland
Tage Erlander
Olof Palme
Prince of Sweden
Prime Minister
Minister Without Portfolio
  Switzerland Friedrich Traugott Wahlen
Pierre Michell
Chief of the Political Department
Secretary General of the Political Department

T[edit]

Country Person Title
 Tanganyika Chief Erasto A.M. Mangyenya Permanent Representative to the United Nations
 Thailand Thanat Khouman Foreign Minister
 Trinidad and Tobago H. E. Sir Ellis E.I. Clarke Ambassador to the United States[14]
 Tunisia Bahi Ladgham
Mongi Slim
Taieb Slim
Habib Bourguiba, Jr.
Hachemi Quanes
Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Permanent Representative to the United States
Ambassador
 Turkey İsmet İnönü
Feridun Cemal Erkin
Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs

U[edit]

Country Person Title
 Uganda Apollo Kironde Ambassador
 United Arab Republic Mahmoud Fawzi Minister of Foreign Affairs
 United Kingdom Prince Philip
Alec Douglas-Home
Elizabeth Douglas-Home
Harold Wilson
Jo Grimond
Duke of Edinburgh
Prime Minister
Spouse of the Prime Minister
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Liberal Party
 Uruguay Juan Felipe Yriart Ambassador

V[edit]

Country Person Title
 Venezuela Rolando Leandro Mora
Antonio Briceño Linares
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Defence
 South Vietnam Tran Chanh Thanh Ambassador-designate

Y[edit]

Country Person Title
 Yugoslavia Koča Popović
Petar Stambolić
Foreign Minister
Prime Minister

International organizations[edit]

Organization Person Title
European Atomic Energy Community E. M. J. A. Sassen Member of the Council
European Coal and Steel Community Belgium Albert Coppé
France Jean Monnet
Vice President
Former President
European Economic Community Belgium Jean Rey President
Organization Person Title
United Nations United Nations Myanmar U Thant
United States Ralph Bunche
United States Paul G. Hoffman
United States Maurice Pate
David Vaughan
Venezuela Carlos Sosa Rodríguez and wife
United Kingdom Sir Patrick Dean
Dr. Louis Alvarado
David Blanchard
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Undersecretary for Political Affairs
Managing Director of the United Nations Special Fund
Executive Director of UNICEF
Director of General Services
President of the General Assembly and wife
President of the United Nations Security Council
International Labour Organization
International Labour Organization

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Frankel, Max (November 25, 1963). "Officials of Nearly 100 Lands in U.S.—They Will Meet Johnson". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Duscha, Julius (November 25, 1963). "Kings, Presidents and Premiers Here". The Washington Post. p. A1. 
  3. ^ Wicker, Tom (November 26, 1963). "Kennedy Laid to Rest in Arlington". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Belair Jr., Felix (April 1, 1969). "World's Leaders Join in Services for Eisenhower". The New York Times. p. 1. The half-hour service in the cathedral brought 191 dignitaries ... from 78 nations. 
  5. ^ Ross, Sonya (June 12, 2004). "World leaders share tears, memories and Jelly Bellies". Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal–Gazette. Associated Press. p. 9A. Among the grieving were ... U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, 167 ambassadors, 25 current leaders, 14 foreign ministers, and 11 former heads of state. 
  6. ^ a b c Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 21 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  7. ^ a b Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 15 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  8. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 3 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  9. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 12 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  10. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 18 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  11. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 22 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  12. ^ a b Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 10 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  13. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 19 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  14. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 13 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Four Days". American Heritage. New York: American Heritage Pub. Co. United Press International. 1964. pp. 140–141. 
  • "List of Dignitaries Expected at Kennedy's Funeral". The New York Times. November 25, 1963. p. 6. 
  • "Additional List of Dignitaries at President Kennedy's Funeral". The New York Times. November 26, 1963. p. 6.