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.
Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt
11 October 1884
Wife of American President Franklin Delano

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
14 November 1954

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957

Robert Todd LincolnRobert Todd Lincoln
01 August 1843
Politician, Son of Abraham Lincoln
Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright
15 May 1937
Politician & Diplomat

George J. MitchellGeorge J. Mitchell
20 August 1933
Former Senator, Lawyer

Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783
Author, Historian, Diplomat

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II
05 February 1900
John JayJohn Jay
12 December 1745
First Chief Justice of the United States

Valerie JarrettValerie Jarrett
14 November 1956
Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Alger HissAlger Hiss
11 November 1904

Allen DullesAllen Dulles
07 April 1893
Former Diplomat & Head of CIA
John Foster DullesJohn Foster Dulles
25 February 1888
Former United States Secretary of State

George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan
16 February 1904
Edward EverettEdward Everett
11 April 1794
Former American senator

Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator

W Averell HarrimanW Averell Harriman
15 November 1891
Former Governor of New York
Susan RiceSusan Rice
17 November 1964
Diplomat, Politician, Screenwriter

Samantha PowerSamantha Power
21 September 1970
John BoltonJohn Bolton
20 November 1948

Dan CoatsDan Coats
16 May 1943

J. Christopher StevensJ. Christopher Stevens
01 April 1960
politician, lawyer, diplomat

Jean Kennedy SmithJean Kennedy Smith
20 February 1928
Joseph C. WilsonJoseph C. Wilson
06 November 1949
Diplomat, Writer, Whistleblower, Businessperson
Alexander HaigAlexander Haig
02 December 1924
Diplomat, Politician, Military personnel,

Raymond A. SpruanceRaymond A. Spruance
03 July 1886
Officer, Diplomat

Mark WallaceMark Wallace
31 August 1967

Richard HolbrookeRichard Holbrooke
24 April 1941
Banker, Diplomat, Politician, Writer
Daniel Patrick MoynihanDaniel Patrick Moynihan
16 March 1927

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

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
03 August 1922
Diplomat, Military historian, Author, Writer,

Callista GingrichCallista Gingrich
04 March 1966

Paul BremerPaul Bremer
30 September 1941
Politician, Diplomat
William D. LeahyWilliam D. Leahy
06 May 1875
Officer, Diplomat

W. Averell HarrimanW. Averell Harriman
15 November 1891
Roger ShermanRoger Sherman
19 April 1721
Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Diplomat

William J. DonovanWilliam J. Donovan
01 January 1883
Military Leader

James Russell LowellJames Russell Lowell
22 February 1819
Poet, Diplomat, Essayist, Writer, Literary critic,
Bradford BishopBradford Bishop
01 August 1936
Diplomat, Fugitive

Richard HelmsRichard Helms
30 March 1913
Government official
James RubinJames Rubin
28 March 1960

Felix RohatynFelix Rohatyn
29 May 1928
Diplomat, Banker

Maxwell D. TaylorMaxwell D. Taylor
26 August 1901
Diplomat, Military personnel

Howard BakerHoward Baker
15 November 1925

Kay Bailey HutchisonKay Bailey Hutchison
22 July 1943
Daniel SicklesDaniel Sickles
20 October 1819
Politician, Officer, Lawyer, Diplomat

Warren ChristopherWarren Christopher
17 October 1925

Dean RuskDean Rusk
09 February 1909

Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg
13 March 1908
Art collector, Diplomat, Publisher, Businessperson
Max BaucusMax Baucus
11 December 1941

Zalmay KhalilzadZalmay Khalilzad
22 March 1951
Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
1904 AD

Albert GallatinAlbert Gallatin
29 January 1761
Politician, Diplomat

Charles Cotesworth PinckneyCharles Cotesworth Pinckney
25 February 1746
John NegroponteJohn Negroponte
21 July 1939
Politician, Diplomat

Jeane KirkpatrickJeane Kirkpatrick
19 November 1926
Politician, Diplomat, University teacher
Brent ScowcroftBrent Scowcroft
19 March 1925
Officer, Geopolitician

John J. McCloyJohn J. McCloy
31 March 1895

Jon Huntsman Jr.Jon Huntsman Jr.
26 March 1960
John W. DavisJohn W. Davis
13 April 1873

Mark BrzezinskiMark Brzezinski
07 April 1965
lawyer, diplomat
Oliver EllsworthOliver Ellsworth
29 April 1745

Lawrence EagleburgerLawrence Eagleburger
01 August 1930

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

George BancroftGeorge Bancroft
03 October 1800
Diplomat, Historian of the modern age, Historian,
Adolph DubsAdolph Dubs
04 August 1920
Diplomat, Politician
William Temple FranklinWilliam Temple Franklin
22 February 1762

Edward M. HouseEdward M. House
26 July 1858

Toomas Hendrik IlvesToomas Hendrik Ilves
26 December 1953
Politician, Journalist, Diplomat

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

Thomas PinckneyThomas Pinckney
23 October 1750

Andrew Dickson WhiteAndrew Dickson White
07 November 1832

John Sherman CooperJohn Sherman Cooper
23 August 1901
Politician, Judge, Lawyer, Diplomat, American

Josephus DanielsJosephus Daniels
18 May 1862
Newspaper Editor
Thomas R. PickeringThomas R. Pickering
11 May 1931

Michael NovakMichael Novak
09 September 1933
Perle MestaPerle Mesta
12 October 1889

August BelmontAugust Belmont
08 December 1813
Diplomat, Banker, Financier

Sumner WellesSumner Welles
14 October 1892
Diplomat, Non-fiction writer
Vernon A. WaltersVernon A. Walters
03 January 1917
Diplomat, Interpreter

David K. E. BruceDavid K. E. Bruce
12 February 1898
Lawyer, Diplomat, Politician
John MottJohn Mott
25 May 1865
Protester, Activist

Christopher R. HillChristopher R. Hill
1952 AD

Whitelaw ReidWhitelaw Reid
27 October 1837

James Bryant ConantJames Bryant Conant
26 March 1893
Chemist, Diplomat, Teacher, University teacher
Frederick VreelandFrederick Vreeland
24 June 1927

George BallGeorge Ball
21 December 1909
Joel BarlowJoel Barlow
24 March 1754
Poet, Diplomat, Writer

Justin Francis RigaliJustin Francis Rigali
19 April 1935
Theologian, Diplomat, Catholic priest
William S. RosecransWilliam S. Rosecrans
06 September 1819

Francis E. Meloy, Jr.Francis E. Meloy, Jr.
28 March 1917
Lewis WallaceLewis Wallace
10 April 1827