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Sir John Crampton ( Dublin 1805 - Bray 1886 )
Sir John Crampton was a British diplomat. He was the eldest son of Sir Philip Crampton, 1st Baronet (1777–1858), Surgeon General to the Forces. After being educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Dublin, he entered the diplomatic service as an unpaid attaché at Turin on 7 September 1826, and was transferred to Saint Petersburg on 30 September 1828. He became a paid attaché at Brussels on 16 November 1834, and at Vienna on 9 May 1839, and was promoted to be secretary of legation at Bern on 13 December 1844. He was then transferred, in the same capacity, on 3 July 1845, to Washington, D.C., where his most important diplomatic services were rendered. He served at first under Sir Richard Pakenham, and then under Sir Henry Bulwer, successive ministers plenipotentiary. He acted as chargé d'affaires from May 1847 to December 1849, and again from August 1850 until January 1852, when Bulwer left America after concluding the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty, when he was himself appointed minister-plenipotentiary and envoy-extraordinary to the United States.