The United States recognized the government of King Ibn Saud in 1931, but it was not until 1939 when it appointed its first U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bert Fish, then resident in Cairo and ambassador to Egypt. Fish made one trip down to Jidda in 1940 to meet the King and present his credentials, but it was not until after his mission was terminated that a legation was established there on May 1, 1942. The current U.S. ambassador is Air Force general James B. Smith, who was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama.
Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
Appointment: Aug 7, 1939
Presentation of Credentials: Feb 4, 1940
Termination of Mission: Left Cairo Feb 28, 1941
Note: After Fish had withdrawn but before Kirk presented credentials as non-resident Minister, the Legation in Jidda was established on May 1, 1942, with James S. Moose, Jr., as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.