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
Former First Lady of the United States
Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
14 November 1954
Former United States Secretary of State

Susan RiceSusan Rice
17 November 1964
Former United States Ambassador to the United

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright
15 May 1937
Politician & Diplomat

Robert Todd LincolnRobert Todd Lincoln
01 August 1843
Politician, Son of Abraham Lincoln

Valerie JarrettValerie Jarrett
14 November 1956
Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II
05 February 1900

Samantha PowerSamantha Power
21 September 1970
John JayJohn Jay
12 December 1745
First Chief Justice of the United States

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Sargent ShriverSargent Shriver
09 November 1915

Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783
Author, Historian, Diplomat

Alexander HaigAlexander Haig
02 December 1924
Former United States Secretary of State
Allen DullesAllen Dulles
07 April 1893
Former Diplomat & Head of CIA

J. Christopher StevensJ. Christopher Stevens
01 April 1960

Dan CoatsDan Coats
16 May 1943
Politician, Diplomat

Alger HissAlger Hiss
11 November 1904
W Averell HarrimanW Averell Harriman
15 November 1891
Former Governor of New York

John Foster DullesJohn Foster Dulles
25 February 1888
Former United States Secretary of State
George J. MitchellGeorge J. Mitchell
20 August 1933
Former Senator, Lawyer

George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan
16 February 1904

Daniel SicklesDaniel Sickles
20 October 1819
Former New York State Senator
John BoltonJohn Bolton
20 November 1948
Former National Security Advisor

Edward EverettEdward Everett
11 April 1794
Former American senator
Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator

Donald RumsfeldDonald Rumsfeld
09 July 1932

Deborah BirxDeborah Birx
04 April 1956
Gary Warren HartpenceGary Hart
28 November 1936

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Phil MurphyPhil Murphy
16 August 1957
Mark WallaceMark Wallace
31 December 1967

Jean Kennedy SmithJean Kennedy Smith
20 February 1928

Alexander VindmanAlexander Vindman
06 June 1975
Military officer

Jon Huntsman Jr.Jon Huntsman Jr.
26 March 1960
Daniel Patrick MoynihanDaniel Patrick Moynihan
16 March 1927
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
03 August 1922
Diplomat, Military historian, Author, Writer,

John GavinJohn Gavin
08 April 1931

Pamela HarrimanPamela Harriman
20 March 1920
Political activist

W. Averell HarrimanW. Averell Harriman
15 November 1891
Bill RichardsonBill Richardson
15 November 1947

James RubinJames Rubin
28 March 1960

Andrew Young Jr.Andrew Young Jr.
12 March 1932

Warren ChristopherWarren Christopher
27 October 1925

Kay Bailey HutchisonKay Bailey Hutchison
22 July 1943
Howard BakerHoward Baker
15 November 1925

Raymond A. SpruanceRaymond A. Spruance
03 July 1886
Officer, Diplomat
Gary LockeGary Locke
21 January 1950

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
22 December 1943
Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician,

Paul BremerPaul Bremer
30 September 1941
Max BaucusMax Baucus
11 December 1941

William J. DonovanWilliam J. Donovan
01 January 1883
Military Leader
Bradford BishopBradford Bishop
01 August 1936
Diplomat, Fugitive

Roger ShermanRoger Sherman
19 April 1721
Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Diplomat

Richard HelmsRichard Helms
30 March 1913
Government official

Maxwell D. TaylorMaxwell D. Taylor
26 August 1901
Military officer

John Sherman CooperJohn Sherman Cooper
23 August 1901
Politician, Judge, Lawyer, Diplomat, American
Lewis WallaceLewis Wallace
10 April 1827

Richard HolbrookeRichard Holbrooke
24 April 1941
Banker, Diplomat, Politician, Writer

Joseph C. WilsonJoseph C. Wilson
06 November 1949
Diplomat, Writer, Whistleblower, Businessperson

Jeane KirkpatrickJeane Kirkpatrick
19 November 1926
Politician, Diplomat, University teacher
Dean RuskDean Rusk
09 February 1909

Mark BrzezinskiMark Brzezinski
07 April 1965
lawyer, diplomat
Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
07 August 1904
Political scientist

Charles Cotesworth PinckneyCharles Cotesworth Pinckney
25 February 1746

John NegroponteJohn Negroponte
21 July 1939
Politician, Diplomat
Charles Francis Adams Sr.Charles Francis Adams Sr.
18 August 1807

Zalmay KhalilzadZalmay Khalilzad
22 March 1951
Lawrence EagleburgerLawrence Eagleburger
01 August 1930

Robert R. LivingstonRobert R. Livingston
27 November 1746

Oliver EllsworthOliver Ellsworth
29 April 1745
John W. DavisJohn W. Davis
13 April 1873

Brent ScowcroftBrent Scowcroft
19 March 1925
George PapandreouGeorge Papandreou
16 June 1952

George Washington WilliamsGeorge Washington Williams
16 October 1849
Soldier, Historian, Diplomat, Writer, Minister,

Albert GallatinAlbert Gallatin
29 January 1761
Politician, Diplomat

James Russell LowellJames Russell Lowell
22 February 1819
Poet, Diplomat, Essayist, Writer, Literary critic,
Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg
13 March 1908
William Pierce RogersWilliam Pierce Rogers
23 June 1913

William Temple FranklinWilliam Temple Franklin
22 February 1762

Joel Roberts PoinsettJoel Roberts Poinsett
02 March 1779

William S. RosecransWilliam S. Rosecrans
06 September 1819
Thomas PinckneyThomas Pinckney
23 October 1750

John J. McCloyJohn J. McCloy
31 March 1895

John Randolph of RoanokeJohn Randolph of Roanoke
02 June 1773

Edward M. HouseEdward M. House
26 July 1858

Toomas Hendrik IlvesToomas Hendrik Ilves
26 December 1953
Politician, Journalist, Diplomat
Adolph DubsAdolph Dubs
04 August 1920
Diplomat, Politician

Anthony ZinniAnthony Zinni
17 September 1943
Officer, Senior Advisor, Diplomat
John Hay WhitneyJohn Hay Whitney
17 August 1904

George BancroftGeorge Bancroft
03 October 1800
Diplomat, Historian of the modern age, Historian,
William James Crowe, Jr.William James Crowe, Jr.
02 January 1925
Navy Admiral
Vernon A. WaltersVernon A. Walters
03 January 1917
Army officer