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John O'Leary Papers 2

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS319

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

This one box collection is additional material for the John O'Leary Papers. The papers contained here are more personal in nature including handwritten notes and correspondence. There are also items that were added to the collection at a later date. John O'Leary was the U.S. Ambassador to Chile 1998 - 2001.


  • 1993 - 2001

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Biographical Note

John O'Leary (b. 1947) was the U.S. Ambassador to Chile from 1998 to 2001. He was nominated by Bill Clinton on April 28, 1998 and confirmed by the Senate on June 26, 1998. O'Leary focused on Chilean politics during his undergraduate years at Yale. He graduated in 1969 and went on to earn his M.A. as a Mellon Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge University. O'Leary received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974.

O'Leary met Bill Clinton as a fellow classmate at Yale. O'Leary was an associate at Pierce Atwood, Maine's largest law firm, from 1974 until 1979 and a partner from 1980 until 1998. In 1996 he was appointed by the American Bar Association as the chair of the Environmental Law Committee. A long-time resident of Portland, Maine O'Leary served the Portland Public Library Board, the City Council from 1975-1982 and as mayor, 1980-1981.

O'Leary is married to Patricia Cepeda. The couple has two daughters, Alejandra Cepeda O'Leary and Gabriela Joyce O'Leary. Patricia Cepeda is a native of Columbia. She is a 1977 graduate of Yale College and a professional interpreter. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a friend of her family and the godfather of her eldest daughter, Alejandra.

U.S. Embassy Officials: James Carragher - Deputy Chief of Mission Stephen Wesche - Econ/Political Counselor Kathleen Brion - Counselor for Public Affairs Richard Blabey - Agricultural Counselor John Harris - Commercial Counselor

Chilean Officials: Augusto Pinochet - Coup Leader, President of Chile (1974-1990) Patricio Alywin - President of Chile (1990-1994) Eduardo Frei - President of Chile (1994-1999) Ricardo Lagos - President of Chile (2000 - ) Soledad Alvear - Minister of Foreign Relations (2000 - )

[Sources: Day, Adam. Mainebiz. "Santiago Calling," 23 July, 2001.]


1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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