Charles R. Crane

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Charles Richard Crane (1858 - 1939) of Chicago, Illinois was a wealthy American Arabist, a philanthropist who had business knowledge of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. His heavy contributions to President Wilson's 1912 campaign led to being named to the 1917 Special Diplomatic Commission, or Root Commission to Russia, service as a member of the American Section of the Paris Peace Conference, and the Inter-Allied Commission on Mandates in Turkey in 1919 that now bears his name (King-Crane Commission). Crane later helped finance the first explorations for oil in Saudi Arabia and Yemen and was instrumental in gaining the American oil concession there. He was American Ambassador to China from May 1920 to June 1921.

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