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Mayor Larry Piper

(1993 - 2008)


Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1928, Mr. Piper is the son of a Texas Ranger.

He graduated from Sweeny High School in 1945; received a BBA degree in 1949 from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and completed graduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and at California Polytechnical University in San Dimas, California.

Mr. Piper entered the foreign service of the United States in 1954 and for the next 32 years served abroad in Africa, Europe, and Latin America interspersed with domestic assignments to the Department of State in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, N.Y.  He is a former U.S. Ambassador, was Executive Director of the Office of the Secretary of State and a Senior Inspector in the Office of the Inspector General of the United States.

Mr. Piper retired from the foreign service in 1986 but continued to serve as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State until April of 1995.

Elected Mayor of the City of Sweeny, Texas, in 1993, Mr. Piper served 15 years until his retirement in 2008.


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