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GILLESPIE, JULIAN EDGEWORTH (1893–1939). Julian Edgeworth Gillespie, foreign diplomat, was born in Brownwood, Texas, on June 20, 1893, the son of James and Ethel (Muse) Gillespie. After preparatory education in Dallas, he received his B.A. at the University of Texas in 1914. He studied law at the University of Chicago and received an LL.B. degree at Georgetown University. He was admitted to the bar in 1915 and established a practice in Dallas. He was a captain in the American Expeditionary Forces from 1917 to 1920, assistant trade commissioner of the United States Department of Commerce to the Near East and Balkans from 1920 to 1922, trade commissioner from 1922 to 1926, and commercial attaché to Turkey in 1926. He also served as economic and financial advisor to American observers at the Allied and Turkish Peace Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1922 and 1923, as American delegate to the International Economic Conference, Geneva, May to June 1927, and delegate to negotiate a treaty of commerce and navigation between Turkey and the United States in 1929. Gillespie married Adrian Inez Posey on March 20, 1924; they had three children. He died of a heart attack on June 23, 1939, in Istanbul, Turkey, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


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