Our two-week contest to pick the best presidential Cabinet ever continues with a heavyweight battle among six modern secretaries of state.
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Round 2: Modern secretary of state
In the past 100 years, the head of the State Department has played a crucial role as the United States has become a global political and economic force.
It was hard to pick six candidates. Other secretaries from recent years included Frank Kellogg, Cordell Hull, Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles, Dean Rusk, Cyrus Vance, Warren Christopher, and Colin Powell.
Here are the six nominees for best modern secretary of state, along with a quick bio of their time in office:
1. George C. Marshall. Served 1947 – 1949. As Harry Truman’s secretary of state, Marshall’s Plan rebuilt Europe after World War II, and he was later awarded a Nobel Prize for his efforts.
2. Henry Kissinger. Served 1973 – 1977. The high-profile secretary for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, Kissinger was a career diplomat who pioneered the policy of detente with the Soviet Union.
3. George P. Shultz. Served 1982 – 1989. Only one of two people to serve in four different cabinet positions, Shultz led the State Department for most of the Reagan era.
4. Madeleine Albright. Served 1997 – 2001. The first woman to serve as secretary, Albright played an important role in the Clinton administration.
5. Condoleezza Rice. Served 2005 – 2009. A Shultz protégé, Rice first served as President George W. Bush’s national security adviser before becoming secretary of state.
6. Hillary Clinton. Served 2009 – 2013. The former first lady served in the Senate and then became the most-traveled secretary ever as part of the Obama administration.
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