The Secretary of State

The Secretary of State

The Secretary of State

The Secretary of State

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The first Secretary of State of the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson, went on to become President. Each of the next three Presidents--Madison, Monroe, and John Quincy Adams--had also served as Secretary of State. Since then, however, that position has been no road to political advancement, even though it has retained by tradition the highest rank in the Cabinet. Indeed, in recent years the Secretary of State has seemed to be the official scapegoat for a nation which resents the sacrifices of two world wars and the frustration of the idealistic hopes which carried it to victory but failed to establish a firm basis for peace.

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