The Info List - Robert H. Tuttle

Robert Holmes Tuttle (born August 4, 1943) is a businessman specializing in car dealerships. He also held the post of United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom from July 2005 to February 2009.[1][2] A California
native, he was nominated to be Ambassador by U.S. President George W. Bush. He had raised more than $200,000 for Bush's 2004 re-election campaign and inauguration ceremony.[3] Both Tuttle and his predecessor William Farish were both wealthy private citizens with personal and financial ties to the Bush family.[4] Tuttle is the son of Holmes Tuttle, founder of the Southern California
chain of auto dealerships and, in the 1960s and 1970s, a prominent force behind the political rise of actor Ronald Reagan. Tuttle previously worked in the White House during the Reagan administration as an Assistant to the President in 1982, and Director of Presidential Personnel in 1985. An avid tennis player, he enjoyed occasional games of tennis at the White House tennis court. Tuttle was also on the Board of Directors
Board of Directors
of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.[citation needed] He is a graduate of Stanford University, and earned his MBA degree at the University of Southern California. Tuttle is a partner in the Tuttle-Click Automotive Group based out of Irvine, CA and the Jim Click Automotive Group based out of Tucson, AZ. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors
Board of Directors
of the Pacific Council on International Policy.[5] He is a Trustee of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C.[6] He is married to the former Maria Denise Hummer. Tuttle and his wife are both avid collectors of contemporary art.[7] He has two daughters from a previous marriage.[citation needed] Controversy over Congestion Fee[edit] Tuttle is perhaps most widely known for his (and the U.S. Embassy's) refusal to pay the London congestion charge.[8] The embassy has claimed that the charge is a form of taxation, and the diplomats and their staff are therefore exempt under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Transport for London, which is headed by the Mayor of London, considers the charge to be a fee for service rather than a tax, and points out that other embassies in London pay it, and US embassies in other cities pay similar road charges. The embassy says that the decision to stop paying was made before Tuttle became Ambassador, although the embassy only ceased payment after he took up the post.[citation needed] In March 2006, the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said that Tuttle was trying to "skive out of [paying] like some chiselling little crook".[9] A survey published in 2007 showed that the United States owed £1.5 million in outstanding congestion charge payments. Livingstone again chided Tuttle, and called him a "venal little crook" for his refusal to pay.[10] Actor Tom Conti, founder of campaign group London Motorists Action Group (LMAG), however, said: "I think the American ambassador's stance on this is very reasoned, I think he makes his case very well. Obviously, when you have got a parking ticket then you've done something wrong - so you should pay up. But in terms of the congestion charge I can see how some of these diplomats feel".[11][page needed]

Diplomatic posts

Preceded by William Stamps Farish III U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom 2005–2009 Succeeded by Louis Susman


^ American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom Archived 2009-02-20 at the Wayback Machine. Embassy of the U.S. London ^ US embassy close to admitting Syria rendition flight, The Guardian, December 27, 2005 ^ How $200,000 gave Bush friend ticket to London, The Times, June 11, 2005 ^ "Car sales boss is Bush's UK envoy World news The Guardian". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved January 4, 2016.  ^ "Board of Directors". Pacific Council on International Policy. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.  ^ "Board of Trustees". Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Retrieved October 19, 2014.  ^ Interview with Robert Tuttle, Country Life, December 4, 2008. ^ Livingstone hits out at US ambassador, Politics.co.uk, March 28, 2006. ^ British Press Review, BritainUSA.com, March 28, 2006. ^ Diplomatic C-charge bill tops £4.5m, channel4.com, June 22, 2007. ^ London Motorists Action Group statement, channel4.com, June 22, 2007.

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Ambassadors of the United States
United States
of America to the Court of St. James's

Ministers Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1785–1811

John Adams
John Adams
(1785–1788) Thomas Pinckney
Thomas Pinckney
(1792–1796) Rufus King
Rufus King
(1796–1803) James Monroe
James Monroe
(1803–1807) William Pinkney
William Pinkney
(1808–1811) Jonathan Russell
Jonathan Russell
(chargé d'affaires) (1811–1812)

Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1815–1893

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams
(1815–1817) Richard Rush
Richard Rush
(1818–1825) Rufus King
Rufus King
(1825–1826) Albert Gallatin
Albert Gallatin
(1826–1827) James Barbour
James Barbour
(1828–1829) Louis McLane
Louis McLane
(1829–1831) Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren
(1831–1832) Aaron Vail (chargé d'affaires) (1832–1836) Andrew Stevenson
Andrew Stevenson
(1836–1841) Edward Everett
Edward Everett
(1841–1845) Louis McLane
Louis McLane
(1845–1846) George Bancroft
George Bancroft
(1846–1849) Abbott Lawrence
Abbott Lawrence
(1849–1852) Joseph R. Ingersoll (1852–1853) James Buchanan
James Buchanan
(1853–1856) George M. Dallas
George M. Dallas
(1856–1861) Charles Adams Sr. (1861–1868) Reverdy Johnson
Reverdy Johnson
(1868–1869) John Lothrop Motley
John Lothrop Motley
(1869–1870) Robert C. Schenck
Robert C. Schenck
(1871–1876) Edwards Pierrepont
Edwards Pierrepont
(1876–1877) John Welsh (1877–1879) James Russell Lowell
James Russell Lowell
(1880–1885) Edward J. Phelps (1885–1889) Robert Todd Lincoln
Robert Todd Lincoln

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1893–present

Thomas F. Bayard
Thomas F. Bayard
Sr. (1893–1897) John Hay
John Hay
(1897–1898) Joseph Choate (1899–1905) Whitelaw Reid
Whitelaw Reid
(1905–1912) Walter Page (1913-1918) John W. Davis
John W. Davis
(1918–1921) George Harvey (1921–1923) Frank B. Kellogg
Frank B. Kellogg
(1924–1925) Alanson B. Houghton
Alanson B. Houghton
(1925–1929) Charles G. Dawes
Charles G. Dawes
(1929–1931) Andrew W. Mellon
Andrew W. Mellon
(1932–1933) Robert Bingham (1933–1937) Joseph P. Kennedy (1938–1940) John G. Winant (1941–1946) W. Averell Harriman
W. Averell Harriman
(1946) Lewis W. Douglas (1947–1950) Walter S. Gifford (1950–1953) Winthrop W. Aldrich
Winthrop W. Aldrich
(1953–1957) John Hay
John Hay
Whitney (1957–1961) David K. E. Bruce (1961–1969) Walter H. Annenberg (1969–1974) Elliot L. Richardson (1975–1976) Anne Armstrong (1976–1977) Kingman Brewster Jr. (1977–1981) John J. Louis Jr. (1981–1983) Charles H. Price II
Charles H. Price II
(1983–1989) Henry E. Catto Jr. (1989–1991) Raymond G. H. Seitz (1991–1994) William J. Crowe
William J. Crowe
(1994–1997) Philip Lader
Philip Lader
(1997–2001) William Stamps Farish III
William Stamps Farish III
(2001–2004) Robert H. Tuttle
Robert H. Tuttle
(2005–2009) Louis Susman
Louis Susman
(2009–2013) Matthew Barzun
Matthew Barzun
(2013–2017) Woody Johnso