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.
Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
14 November 1954
Former United States Secretary of State
Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957

Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt
11 October 1884
Former First Lady of the United States

Robert Todd LincolnRobert Todd Lincoln
01 August 1843
Politician, Son of Abraham Lincoln
John JayJohn Jay
12 December 1745
First Chief Justice of the United States

Valerie JarrettValerie Jarrett
14 November 1956

John BoltonJohn Bolton
20 November 1948
Former National Security Advisor
Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright
15 May 1937
Politician & Diplomat

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II
05 February 1900
Samantha PowerSamantha Power
21 September 1970

Sargent ShriverSargent Shriver
09 November 1915

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

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

Allen DullesAllen Dulles
07 April 1893
Former Diplomat & Head of CIA
Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783
Author, Historian, Diplomat

Dan CoatsDan Coats
16 May 1943
Politician, Diplomat

Alexander HaigAlexander Haig
02 December 1924
Former United States Secretary of State

John Foster DullesJohn Foster Dulles
25 February 1888
Former United States Secretary of State
Alger HissAlger Hiss
11 November 1904

George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan
16 February 1904
Daniel SicklesDaniel Sickles
20 October 1819
Former New York State Senator

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
Donald Henry RumsfeldDonald Rumsfeld
09 July 1932

Gary Warren HartpenceGary Hart
28 November 1936

Phil MurphyPhil Murphy
16 August 1957
Jean Kennedy SmithJean Kennedy Smith
20 February 1928

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J. Christopher StevensJ. Christopher Stevens
01 April 1960
politician, lawyer, diplomat
Bill RichardsonBill Richardson
15 November 1947

Mark WallaceMark Wallace
31 December 1967

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

Brent ScowcroftBrent Scowcroft
19 March 1925
Officer, Geopolitician
Jon Huntsman Jr.Jon Huntsman Jr.
26 March 1960
Pamela HarrimanPamela Harriman
20 March 1920
Political activist

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

John GavinJohn Gavin
08 April 1931

Daniel Patrick MoynihanDaniel Patrick Moynihan
16 March 1927
W. Averell HarrimanW. Averell Harriman
15 November 1891

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

Paul BremerPaul Bremer
30 September 1941

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

Roger ShermanRoger Sherman
19 April 1721
Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Diplomat
Bradford BishopBradford Bishop
01 August 1936
Diplomat, Fugitive

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
22 December 1943
Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician,
Kay Bailey HutchisonKay Bailey Hutchison
22 July 1943

Howard BakerHoward Baker
15 November 1925

Thomas F. BayardThomas F. Bayard
29 October 1828
Maxwell D. TaylorMaxwell D. Taylor
26 August 1901
Military officer

Richard HolbrookeRichard Holbrooke
24 April 1941
Banker, Diplomat, Politician, Writer
Gary LockeGary Locke
21 January 1950

James RubinJames Rubin
28 March 1960

Jeane KirkpatrickJeane Kirkpatrick
19 November 1926
Politician, Diplomat, University teacher

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
07 August 1904
Political scientist

Zalmay KhalilzadZalmay Khalilzad
22 March 1951
Warren ChristopherWarren Christopher
17 October 1925

Richard HelmsRichard Helms
30 March 1913
Government official

Max BaucusMax Baucus
11 December 1941

Albert GallatinAlbert Gallatin
29 January 1761
Politician, Diplomat
Charles Francis Adams Sr.Charles Francis Adams Sr.
18 August 1807

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

Dean RuskDean Rusk
09 February 1909

Oliver EllsworthOliver Ellsworth
29 April 1745
William Temple FranklinWilliam Temple Franklin
22 February 1762

Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg
13 March 1908
George PapandreouGeorge Papandreou
16 June 1952

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

Mark BrzezinskiMark Brzezinski
07 April 1965
lawyer, diplomat
John W. DavisJohn W. Davis
13 April 1873

John Sherman CooperJohn Sherman Cooper
23 August 1901
Politician, Judge, Lawyer, Diplomat, American
James Russell LowellJames Russell Lowell
22 February 1819
Poet, Diplomat, Essayist, Writer, Literary critic,

Lawrence EagleburgerLawrence Eagleburger
01 August 1930

Thomas PinckneyThomas Pinckney
23 October 1750

John J. McCloyJohn J. McCloy
31 March 1895
Edward M. HouseEdward M. House
26 July 1858
Anthony ZinniAnthony Zinni
17 September 1943
Officer, Senior Advisor, Diplomat

John Randolph of RoanokeJohn Randolph of Roanoke
02 June 1773

John Hay WhitneyJohn Hay Whitney
17 August 1904

Sumner WellesSumner Welles
14 October 1892
Diplomat, Non-fiction writer
Josephus DanielsJosephus Daniels
18 May 1862
Newspaper Editor

George BancroftGeorge Bancroft
03 October 1800
Diplomat, Historian of the modern age, Historian,

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

Adolph DubsAdolph Dubs
04 August 1920
Diplomat, Politician

Silas DeaneSilas Deane
04 January 1738
Felix RohatynFelix Rohatyn
29 May 1928
Diplomat, Banker

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Indian General
William Christian Bullitt Jr.William Christian Bullitt Jr.
25 January 1891

Richard RushRichard Rush
29 August 1780
United States Attorney General
James B. ConantJames B. Conant
26 March 1893
C. Douglas DillonC. Douglas Dillon
21 August 1909