James Grover McDonald

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Comments (17)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Sounds like some good reading and probably did a better job of helping refugees than the current administration!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Aug 30, 2021 04:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He gave freely of his service to help others all his life. A rare individual indeed. Enjoy your day.

Aug 30, 2021 04:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Quite a man, James. And I have to second the comment made by Raymond E. Camp this morning. What's been happening is a stain on our national reputation forever.

Aug 30, 2021 05:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as Brian England might say "I mean no disrespect to the man or his many accomplishments" but it seems you are running through quite the list of McDonald profiles.  I wonder if tomorrow's post will bring a story of a gentleman on a farm with a familiar rhyme?  

Aug 30, 2021 06:24 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I wish that people weren't having to flee a country that they were within in order to be safe.

Aug 30, 2021 06:32 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, another wonderful story of someone forging their own path in American history.

Aug 30, 2021 06:40 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Aug 30, 2021 07:03 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! That is quite a distinction. First U S ambassador to Israel

Aug 30, 2021 07:33 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What a wonderful story, and once again you have added to my knowledge.  Wishing you a delightful Monday.  A

Aug 30, 2021 08:01 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I'd say his Ambassadorship may have been his crowning achievement.

Aug 30, 2021 09:55 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - I am sure that he was a good selection for Ambassador given his background.

Aug 30, 2021 10:01 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James, I'm enjoying this much more than when I was in history class many years ago. 

Aug 30, 2021 10:58 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

What a very cool like he lead. He did much to help America. A great man.

Aug 30, 2021 11:21 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, another history lesson by you once again.  Where d o you find all these?


Aug 30, 2021 11:58 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James the Holocaust Museum has been on my bucket list for a while... and I have no excuses....Endre

Aug 30, 2021 10:29 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - JG Mcdonald will always be remembered for his contributions to help refugees WWII Jewish refugees.

Aug 31, 2021 11:05 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

As the first U. S. Ambassador to Israel, James Grover McDonald made history for both countries. Another Harvard educated success story.

Nov 19, 2021 08:13 PM