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Ridgway B. Knight

For the American artist, see Daniel Ridgway Knight.
Ridgway B. Knight
United States Ambassador to Portugal
In office
July 30, 1969 – February 24, 1973
Preceded by W. Tapley Bennett, Jr.
Succeeded by Stuart Nash Scott
44th United States Ambassador to Belgium
In office
June 24, 1965 – April 16, 1969
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by Douglas MacArthur II
Succeeded by John Eisenhower
United States Ambassador to Syria
In office
January 11, 1962 – May 27, 1965
President John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Succeeded by Hugh H. Smythe
Personal details
Born Ridgway Brewster Knight
(1911-06-12)June 12, 1911
Paris, France
Died August 14, 2001(2001-08-14) (aged 90)
Inxent, France
Profession Diplomat

Ridgway Brewster Knight (June 12, 1911 – August 14, 2001) was an American diplomat who served as Ambassador to Syria (1961–1965), Belgium (1965–1969) and Portugal (1969–1973).[1]

The son of American parents living in Paris, he studied and graduated from Harvard Business School in 1931.[2] Following his studies, Knight began importing French wine to the US, and in 1942 took part in organizing the US landing in Algeria.[2]

Knight served as US ambassador to several countries, and later served as president of the American Club of Paris (1984–1989).[2] His grandson, Ridgway B. Knight 3rd, married Patricia Wachtell on May 30, 1987.[3] Knight died in Inxent, France, at the age of 90.[1]



  • "AMBASSADOR RIDGWAY B. KNIGHT", The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
  • The John F. Kennedy National Security Files, 1961–1963
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Charles W. Yost
United States Ambassador to Syria
Succeeded by
Hugh H. Smythe
Preceded by
Douglas MacArthur II
United States Ambassador to Belgium
Succeeded by
John S. D. Eisenhower
Preceded by
W. Tapley Bennett, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Portugal
Succeeded by
Stuart Nash Scott
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