Think life as a diplomat is all Ferrero-Rocher chocolates and cocktail parties. Not quite so. No matter how slick tongued one is, it always takes more than smooth talking to clear up the mess after the war is over. Over the years, the world has had all kind of diplomats — the sweet-tongued and the shrewd-minded, and while some lasted a fleeting moment before sinking back to professional obscurity, a few managed to leave behind indelible impression with their impeccable communication style, flair and deftness at handling situations. True, diplomats live in a world of adroitly chosen words, and this quality that distinguishes them from others. Whether negotiating a treaty, attending a state dinner, or arranging Visas for travelers, diplomats are those who multitask with sleepless tact, unmovable calmness, and a patience that nothing can shake. America has been a hotbed of many world-class, peace-seeking diplomats like Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Condoleeza Rice, Hillary Clinton, James Buchanan, Albert Gallatin and many others who have served in countless ways but with one common interest — America. Read on to know the trivia, timeline, and facts in the biographies of some of the most famous American diplomats.
Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt

11 October 1884

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy

27 November 1957

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice

14 November 1954

Valerie JarrettValerie Jarrett

14 November 1956

Robert Todd LincolnRobert Todd Lincoln

01 August 1843

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II

05 February 1900

John JayJohn Jay

12 December 1745

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski

28 March 1928

Washington IrwingWashington Irving

03 April 1783

John Foster DullesJohn Foster Dulles

25 February 1888

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Allen DullesAllen Dulles

07 April 1893

Edward EverettEdward Everett

11 April 1794

Alger HissAlger Hiss

11 November 1904

Jean Kennedy SmithJean Kennedy Smith

20 February 1928

Richard HolbrookeRichard Holbrooke

24 April 1941

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James LongstreetJames Longstreet

08 January 1821

George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan

16 February 1904

J. Christopher StevensJ. Christopher Stevens

01 April 1960

Alexander HaigAlexander Haig

02 December 1924

Susan RiceSusan Rice

17 November 1964

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz

22 December 1943

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John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower

03 August 1922

Bradford BishopBradford Bishop

01 August 1936

Joseph C. WilsonJoseph C. Wilson

06 November 1949

Zalmay KhalilzadZalmay Khalilzad

22 March 1951

Paul BremerPaul Bremer

30 September 1941

Raymond A. SpruanceRaymond A. Spruance

03 July 1886

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Roger ShermanRoger Sherman

19 April 1721

Maxwell D. TaylorMaxwell D. Taylor

26 August 1901

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche

1904 AD

William D. LeahyWilliam D. Leahy

06 May 1875

Daniel SicklesDaniel Sickles

20 October 1819

George Washington WilliamsGeorge Washington Williams

16 October 1849

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Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg

13 March 1908

Albert GallatinAlbert Gallatin

29 January 1761

John NegroponteJohn Negroponte

21 July 1939

James Russell LowellJames Russell Lowell

22 February 1819

Brent ScowcroftBrent Scowcroft

19 March 1925

Jeane KirkpatrickJeane Kirkpatrick

19 November 1926

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William Temple FranklinWilliam Temple Franklin

22 February 1762

Toomas Hendrik IlvesToomas Hendrik Ilves

26 December 1953

Lawrence EagleburgerLawrence Eagleburger

01 August 1930

Mark BrzezinskiMark Brzezinski

07 April 1965

Adolph DubsAdolph Dubs

04 August 1920

George BancroftGeorge Bancroft

03 October 1800

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Anthony ZinniAnthony Zinni

17 September 1943

Sumner WellesSumner Welles

14 October 1892

Vernon A. WaltersVernon A. Walters

03 January 1917

Felix RohatynFelix Rohatyn

29 May 1928

August BelmontAugust Belmont

08 December 1813

Thomas R. PickeringThomas R. Pickering

11 May 1931

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John Sherman CooperJohn Sherman Cooper

23 August 1901

David K. E. BruceDavid K. E. Bruce

12 February 1898

Whitelaw ReidWhitelaw Reid

27 October 1837

John MottJohn Mott

25 May 1865

Christopher R. HillChristopher R. Hill

1952 AD

James Bryant ConantJames Bryant Conant

26 March 1893

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Justin Francis RigaliJustin Francis Rigali

19 April 1935

Frederick VreelandFrederick Vreeland

24 June 1927

Joel BarlowJoel Barlow

24 March 1754

Francis E. Meloy, Jr.Francis E. Meloy, Jr.

28 March 1917