Robert Woods Bliss (1875-1962) was a career diplomat, art collector, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Born on August 5, 1875 in St. Louis, Missouri, he earned a B.A. from Harvard University in 1900.
Bliss held a wide array of diplomatic positions throughout his career, including: U.S. Consul to Venice (1903), Second Secretary at St. Petersburg (1904-1907), Secretary of Legation in Brussels (1907-1909), Secretary of Legation at Buenos Aires (1909-1912), Scretary of the U.S. Embassy at Paris (1912-1916), Counselor of the U.S. Embassy at Paris (1916-1919), Third Assistant Secretary of State (1921-1923), U.S. Minister to Sweden (1923-1927), and U.S. Ambassador to Argentina (1927-1933).
During World War II, Bliss was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Assistant to Secretary of State Cordell Hull (1944), and Consultant to Secretary of State Edward Settinius (1944-1945). Later, he held executive and advisory roles for organizations in the arts and humanities. He was a noted philanthropist. He and his wife Mildred co-founded Dumbarton Oaks.
Robert Woods Bliss died on April 19, 1962.
[Source: Dumbarton Oaks Web site].