James Grover McDonald was born in Coldwater, Ohio back in 1886. His parents operated a hotel moving to Albany, Indiana to operate a second one. He attended the Indiana University, Bloomington in 1909, completing a master’s degree in History, Political Science and International Relations 1910.
He taught at Harvard University after graduation until he returned to Indiana University as an assistant professor in 1914. In 1919, he moved to New York City to work for the Civil Service Reform Association. In 1933, he was assigned to chair the High Commission for Refugees coming from Germany. In 1945, he was a member of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine. He kept a diary which recorded his meeting with some of the history-making personalities of the 1930’s today, all his private diaries are in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His diaries were published in 2007 and the second one in 2014, the final one in 2017.
He died in 1964 he was 77. What you may not know about McDonald is that he was the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
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