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Joseph C. Grew Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-102349 ).

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Grew, Joseph Clark (27 May 1880–25 May 1965), diplomat, U.S. ambassador to Japan, and undersecretary of state, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Edward Sturgis Grew, a wool merchant, and Annie Crawford Clark. Grew’s family was among the more well-off Bostonians, and he was a distant cousin of the financier ...

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Peurifoy, John Emil (09 August 1907–12 August 1955), public servant and ambassador, was born in Walterboro, South Carolina, the son of John H. Peurifoy, an attorney, and Emily Wright. Peurifoy lost his mother at the age of six. Following graduation from high school in 1926, he entered West Point but left in 1928 after a bout of pneumonia and his father’s death from tuberculosis. He then drifted to Kansas City and, in 1929, to New York City, supporting himself with jobs in business. He was a lifelong Democrat and Episcopalian....