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Addressee

Address

Salutation

Academics, college or university

Dean

Dean Full name

Dear Dean Last name

President

President Full name

Dear President Last name

Professor

Professor Full name

Dear Professor Last name

Clerical and religious orders

Archbishop, Eastern Orthodox

The Most Reverend First name, Archbishop of Place name

Your Eminence

Archbishop, Roman Catholic

The Most Reverend Full name, Archbishop of Place name

Your Excellency

Archdeacon, Episcopal

The Venerable Full name, Archdeacon of Place name

Dear Archdeacon Last name

Bishop, Episcopal

The Right Reverend Full name, Bishop of Place name

Right Reverend Sir or Dear Bishop Last name

Bishop, other Protestant

The Reverend Full name

Dear Bishop Last name

Bishop, Roman Catholic

The Most Reverend Full name, Bishop of Place name

Your Excellency or Dear Bishop Last name

Cardinal

His Eminence First name Cardinal Last name

Your Eminence

Clergyman/woman, Protestant

The Reverend Full name or The Reverend Full name, D.D.

Dear Mr./Ms. Last name or Dear Dr. Last name

Dean of a Cathedral, Episcopal

The Very Reverend Full name, Dean of Place name

Dear Dean Last name

Monsignor

The Right Reverend Monsignor Full name

Dear Monsignor

Patriarch, Greek Orthodox

His All Holiness the Patriarch of Place name

Your All Holiness

Patriarch, Russian Orthodox

His Holiness the Patriarch of Place name

Your Holiness

Pope

His Holiness The Pope

Your Holiness or Most Holy Father

Priest, Roman Catholic

The Reverend Full name or The Reverend Full name, S.J. (or other order)

Dear Reverend Father or Dear Father

Rabbi, man or woman

Rabbi Full name or Full name, D.D.

Dear Rabbi Last name or Dear Dr. Last name

Ambassador, U.S.

The Honorable Full name, The Ambassador of the United States

Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Madam Ambassador

Ambassador to the U.S.

His/Her Excellency Full name, The Ambassador of Place name

Excellency or Dear Mr./Madam Ambassador

Secretary General, United Nations

His/Her Excellency Full name, Secretary General of the United Nations

Dear Mr./Madam/Madame Secretary general

United Nations Representative, U.S.

The Honorable Full name, United States Representative to the United Nations

Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Ms. Last name

United Nations Representative, foreign

His/Her Excellency Full name, Representative of Place name to the United Nations

Excellency or My dear Mr./Madam Last name

Government officials

Assemblyman/woman

The Honorable Full name

Dear Mr./Ms. Last name

Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

The Honorable Justice Full name

Dear Sir/Madam or Justice Last name

Cabinet member

The Honorable Full name, Secretary of Department name

Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Madam Secretary

Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

The Honorable Full name, Chief Justice of the United States

Dear Mr./Madame Chief Justice

Commissioner

The Honorable Full name

Dear Mr./Mrs. Last name

Governor

The Honorable Full name, Governor of State name

Dear Governor Last name

Judge, federal

The Honorable Full name, Judge, United States District Court

Dear Sir/Madam or Judge Last name

Judge, state or local

The Honorable Full name, Judge of the Court of Place name

Dear Judge Last name

Mayor

The Honorable Full name, Mayor of Place name

Dear Mayor Last name

President, U.S.

The President

Dear Mr./Madam President

President, U.S., former

The Honorable Full name

Dear Mr./Madam Last name

Representative, state

The Honorable Full name, State name House of Representatives

Dear Mr./Ms. Last name

Representative, U.S.

The Honorable Full name, United States House of Representatives

Dear Mr./Mrs. Last name

Senator, state

The Honorable Full name, The State Senate, State Capital

Dear Senator Last name

Senator, U.S.

The Honorable Full name, United States Senate

Dear Senator Last name

Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Full name, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Dear Mr./Madam Speaker

Vice President, U.S.

The Vice President of the United States

Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Madam Vice President

Military and naval officers

All ranks

Rank Full name, USA/USN/USCG/USAF/USMC/USPHS/NOAA

Dear Rank Last name

Professions

Attorney

Mr./Ms. Full name, Attorney at law or Full name, Esq.

Dear Mr./Ms. Last name

Dentist

Full name, D.D.S.

Dear Dr. Last name

Physician

Full name, M.D.

Dear Dr. Last name

Veterinarian

Full name, D.V.M.

Dear Dr. Last name