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John Danforth
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24th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
July 1, 2004 – January 20, 2005
President George W. Bush
Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Preceded by John D. Negroponte
Succeeded by Anne Patterson (Acting)
United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
December 27, 1976 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Stuart Symington
Succeeded by John Ashcroft
37th Attorney General of Missouri
In office
January 13, 1969 – December 27, 1976
Governor Warren E. Hearnes (1965–1973)
Kit Bond (1973–1977)
Preceded by Norman H. Anderson
Succeeded by John Ashcroft
Personal details
John Claggett Danforth

September 5, 1936 (1936-09-05) (age 85)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sally Dobson Danforth
Alma mater Princeton University (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
Yale Divinity School

John Claggett Danforth (born September 5, 1936) is a retired American politician. He began his career in 1968 as the Attorney General of Missouri. He served three terms as a United States Senator from Missouri. He is considered a moderate and conciliator. He has been periodically called out of retirement by both of the major political parties to fill diplomatic roles. In 2004, he served briefly as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Danforth is an ordained Episcopal priest. He presided over the state funeral of Ronald (2004) and Nancy Reagan (2016).

Family and education

Danforth was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of Dorothy (Claggett) and Donald Danforth. He is the grandson of William H. Danforth, founder of Purina Mills. His father was the CEO of its successor, Ralston Purina. Danforth's brother, Dr. William Henry Danforth, is former chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis.

Danforth attended St. Louis Country Day School for high school. He eventually went to Princeton University where he received his bachelor's degree in 1958. While in college Danforth joined Lambda Chi Alpha, a fraternity. He then attended law and divinity graduate schools at Yale University. He was employed a short time at the New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.

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