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Jefferson Caffery
United States Ambassador
1926 - 1955

Born December 1, 1886
Lafayette, Louisiana
Died April 13, 1974
Cause Complications following surgery for broken hip
Age 87
 
Education University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Tulane University - 1906
Profession Lawyer
Ambassador
 
Spouse Gertrude McCarthy
1937
Children None
 
Religion Catholic
Burial St. John Cathedral Cemetery
Lafayette, La.

Jefferson Caffery, U. S. Ambassador to several countries from 1926 until 1955, served under Presidents Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. 

On May 27, 1934, while serving as Ambassador to Cuba, an assassination attempt by four assailants occurred in front of his home in Havana as he was leaving for the yacht club.  The day before this event, the Cleveland Plain Dealer had an article about Cuban fears of a plot to kill Caffery.

He is a native of Lafayette, a graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and also a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans. 

 

In 2000, Jefferson Caffery was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of
Fame in Winnfield, Louisiana.

Ambassador Caffery Parkway is a major Lafayette highway named in his honor.

He played a major role in resolving British-Egyptian disputes over the Suez Canal.
President Truman asked him to remain in his post past the normal retirement age for
three years while successfully dealing with the delicate situation.

He opened the American Embassy in France after the German occupation ended.

Ambassador Caffery and his wife Gertrude McCarthy Caffery are buried in St. John
Cathedral Cemetery with a memorial dated before their death.

 

St. John Cathedral Cemetery

Lafayette, Louisiana

Ambassador Caffery is listed above.

The Burial Place of
American Ambassador
RTD And Mrs.
Jefferson Caffery
Through the Kindness of Their Bishop
October 1967

AMBASSADOR
Jefferson Caffery

Born Dec. 1, 1886
Died April 13, 1974

Mrs. Jefferson
Caffery

Nee Gertrude McCarthy
Born Oct. 2, 1895
Died July 13, 1973

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