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Notable Secretaries of State
Other U.S. Politicians
"The office of secretary of state has always been an important one in the U.S., and in the early days of the republic it was often a steppingstone to the presidency. Here are questions about ten of the people who have served as secretary of state."
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James Monroe had only one secretary of state during his two Presidential terms (1817-1825). Who was this man, who wrote the Monroe Doctrine while secretary of state and then succeeded Monroe as president?
Martin van Buren
John Quincy Adams
This man, though better known for his service as a prominent Senator from Massachusetts, served as secretary of state under three presidents: William Henry Harrison (1841), John Tyler (1841-1843), and Millard Fillmore (1850-1852).
John C. Calhoun
This man served two full terms as secretary of state, serving under both Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He is best known for engineering the purchase of Alaska, called a "folly" by many at the time.
James G. Blaine
William H. Seward
William M. Evarts
This man served as Theodore Roosevelt's secretary of state, and received the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to foster world peace.
Philiander C. Knox
President Woodrow Wilson's secretary of state resigned in 1915 due to differences with Wilson over World War I policies. Who was this principled man, who ran himself for president three times, and at the end of his career assisted the prosecution in the Scopes monkey trial?
Charles Evans Hughes
William Jennings Bryan
Franklin D. Roosevelt called his secretary of state "The Father of the United Nations". Who was this man, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in establishing the United Nations?
John Foster Dulles
Henry L. Stimson
Frank B. Kellogg
The United States efforts to rebuild Europe after World War II were named after this man, who was President Truman's secretary of state from 1947 to 1949.
John Foster Dulles
Which secretary of state was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his role in ending U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War?
George P. Shultz
Cyrus Vance served as Jimmy Carter's secretary of state but he resigned in 1980, in protest of which action undertaken by the Carter administration?
attempted rescue of the hostages in Iran
return of the Panama Canal to Panama
boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics
support of new Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank
In 2008 Barack Obama appointed his chief challenger for the Democratic nomination for president to be his secretary of state. Who was this person, who gave up a position as a Senator from New York to take on the job of secretary of state?
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