Cordell Hull: A Biography

Cordell Hull: A Biography

Cordell Hull: A Biography

Cordell Hull: A Biography

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From the time of the enactment in 1789 of the Constitution of the United States, the people of the United States have been served by forty-six Secretaries of State.

The list of American Secretaries of State comprises the names of very great men: men who have played a predominant part in the history of our country, and who have had a decisive voice in the shaping of the destinies of the American people.

Yet I believe the list of American statesmen who are entitled to recognition primarily because of their service as Secretary of State--because of the determining part they have played in the conduct of our foreign relations--is strangely small.

Towering figures in American history, such as John Marshall, James Monroe, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, and William Jennings Bryan, have held the office of Secretary of State, but in cases such as these their names are remembered chiefly because of their achievements in other spheres of activity.

During the one hundred and fifty-two years of our Constitutional existence I doubt whether it could justly be maintained that peculiar ability in the handling of our foreign relations had been demonstrated by more than a handful. In that category I believe there will be little question that there should be placed the names . . .

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