Forms of Address

Source: Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary. ©Houghton Mifflin Company.

Academics

  • Dean, college or university. Address: Dean _________. Salutation: Dear Dean_________
  • President. Address: President _________ _________. Salutation: Dear President _________.
  • Professor, college or university. Address: Professor _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Professor _________.

Clerical and Religious Orders

  • Abbot. Address: The Right Reverend _________ _________, O.S.B. Abbot of _________. Salutation: Right Reverend Abbot or Dear Father Abbot.
  • Archbishop, Eastern Orthodox. Address: The Most Reverend [Joseph], Archbishop of _________. Salutation: Your Eminence.
  • Archbishop, Roman Catholic. Address: The Most Reverend _________ _________, Archbishop of _________. Salutation: Your Excellency.
  • Archdeacon, Episcopal. Address: The Venerable _________ _________, Archdeacon of _________. Salutation: Venerable Sir or Dear Archdeacon _________.
  • Bishop, Episcopal. Address: The Right Reverend _________ _________, Bishop of _________. Salutation: Right Reverend Sir or Dear Bishop _________.
  • Bishop, other Protestant. Address: The Reverend _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Bishop _________.
  • Bishop, Roman Catholic. Address: The Most Reverend _________ _________, Bishop of _________. Salutation: Your Excellency or Dear Bishop _________.
  • Brotherhood, Roman Catholic. Address: Brother _________ _________, C.F.C. Salutation: Dear Brother or Dear Brother [Joseph].
  • Brotherhood, superior of. Address: Brother [Joseph] C.F.C. Superior. Salutation: Dear Brother [Joseph].
  • Cardinal. Address: His Eminence [Joseph] Cardinal [Stone]. Salutation: Your Eminence.
  • Clergyman/woman, Protestant. Address: The Reverend _________ _________ or The Reverend _________ _________, D.D. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________ or Dear Dr. _________.
  • Dean of a cathedral, Episcopal. Address: The Very Reverend _________ _________, Dean of _________. Salutation: Dear Dean _________.
  • Monsignor. Address: The Right Reverend Monsignor _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Monsignor.
  • Patriarch, Greek Orthodox. Address: His All Holiness Patriarch [Joseph]. Salutation: Your All Holiness.
  • Patriarch, Russian Orthodox. Address: His Holiness the Patriarch of _________. Salutation: Your Holiness.
  • Pope. Address: His Holiness The Pope. Salutation: Your Holiness or Most Holy Father.
  • Priest, Roman Catholic. Address: The Reverend _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Reverend Father or Dear Father.
  • Rabbi, man or woman.  Address: Rabbi _________ _________ or _________ _________, D.D. Salutation: Dear Rabbi _________ or Dear Dr. _________.
  • Sisterhood, Roman Catholic. Address: Sister _________ _________, C.S.J. Salutation: Dear Sister or Dear Sister _________.
  • Sisterhood, superior of. Address: The Reverend Mother Superior, S.C. Salutation: Reverend Mother.

Diplomats

  • Ambassador, U.S. Address: The Honorable _________ _________ The Ambassador of the United States. Salutation: Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Madam Ambassador.
  • Ambassador to the U.S. Address: His/Her Excellency _________ _________, The Ambassador of _________. Salutation: Excellency or Dear Mr./Madam Ambassador.
  • Chargé d'Affaires, U.S. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, United States Chargé d'Affaires. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________.
  • Consul, U.S. Address: _________ _________, Esq., United States Consul. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________.
  • Minister, U.S. or to U.S. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, The Minister of _________.
    Salutation: Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Madame Minister.
  • Secretary General, United Nations. Address: His/Her Excellency _________ _________, Secretary General of the United Nations. Salutation: Dear Mr./Madam/Madame Secretary General.
  • United Nations Representative (Foreign). Address: His/Her Excellency _________ _________, Representative of _________ to the United Nations. Salutation: Excellency or My dear Mr./Madame _________.
  • United Nations Representative (U.S.) Address: The Honorable _________ _________, United States Representative to the United Nations. Salutation: Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Ms. _________.

Government Officials

  • Assemblyman. Address: The Honorable _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________.
  • Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court. Address: Mr./Madam Justice _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Mr./Madam Justice or Sir/Madam.
  • Attorney General, U.S. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, Attorney General of the United States. Salutation: Dear Mr./Madam or Attorney General.
  • Cabinet member. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, Secretary of _________. Salutation: Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Madam Secretary.
  • Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court. Address: The Chief Justice of the United States. Salutation: Dear Mr./Madame Chief Justice.
  • Commissioner (federal, state, local). Address: The Honorable _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________.
  • Governor. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, Governor of _________. Salutation: Dear Governor _________.
  • Judge, federal. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, Judge of the United States District Court for the _________, District of _________. Salutation: Sir/Madam or Dear Judge _________.
  • Judge, state or local. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, Judge of the Court of _________. Salutation: Dear Judge _________.
  • Lieutenant Governor. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, Lieutenant Governor of _________. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________.
  • Mayor. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, Mayor of _________. Salutation: Dear Mayor _________.
  • President, U.S. Address: The President. Salutation: Dear Mr./Madam President.
  • President, U.S., former. Address: The Honorable _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Mr./Madam _________.
  • Representative, state. Address: The Honorable _________ _________. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________.
  • Representative, U.S. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, United States House of Representatives. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________.
  • Senator, state. Address: The Honorable _________ _________. The State Senate, State Capitol. Salutation: Dear Senator _________.
  • Senator, U.S. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, United States Senate. Salutation: Dear Senator _________.
  • Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives. Address: The Honorable _________ _________, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Salutation: Dear Mr./Madam Speaker.
  • Vice President, U.S. Address: The Vice President of the United States. Salutation: Sir/Madam or Dear Mr./Madam Vice President.

Military and Naval Officers

  • Rank. Address: Full rank, USN (or USCG, USAF, USA, USMC). Salutation: Dear (full rank) _________.

Professions

  • Attorney. Address: Mr./Ms. _________ _________, Attorney at law or _________ _________, Esq. Salutation: Dear Mr./Ms. _________.
  • Dentist. Address: _________ _________, D.D.S. Salutation: Dear Dr. _________.
  • Physician. Address: _________ _________, M.D. Salutation: Dear Dr. _________.
  • Veterinarian. Address: _________ _________, D.V.M. Salutation: Dear Dr. _________.

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