William Pawley

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Person.png William Pawley   SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, diplomat, HSCA/Premature death)
William Pawley.jpg
BornWilliam Douglas Pawley
7 September 1896
Florence, South Carolina, USA
DiedJanuary 1977 (Age 80)
Miami Beach, Florida
Cause of death
gunshot to the head
SpouseAnnie Hahr Dobbs

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Peru

In office
July 20, 1945 - April 27, 1946

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Brazil

In office
June 13, 1946 - March 28, 1948

William Douglas Pawley was a U.S. ambassador and businessman.


Pawley contacted Ted Shackley, head of the CIA's JM WAVE station in Miami. Shackley decided to help Pawley organize what became known as Operation Tilt.


Pawley died from a gunshot to the head, possibly due to the HSCA hearings.