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
Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957

Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt
11 October 1884
Wife of American President Franklin Delano

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
14 November 1954

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

Valerie JarrettValerie Jarrett
14 November 1956

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II
05 February 1900

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist
John JayJohn Jay
12 December 1745
First Chief Justice of the United States

Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783
Author, Historian, Diplomat
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

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
Jean Kennedy SmithJean Kennedy Smith
20 February 1928

Susan RiceSusan Rice
17 November 1964
Diplomat, Politician, Screenwriter

James LongstreetJames Longstreet
08 January 1821
Diplomat, Military personnel
Richard HolbrookeRichard Holbrooke
24 April 1941
Banker, Diplomat, Politician, Writer

Alger HissAlger Hiss
11 November 1904
Jurist, Lawyer, Diplomat
J. Christopher StevensJ. Christopher Stevens
01 April 1960
politician, lawyer, diplomat

Alexander HaigAlexander Haig
02 December 1924
Diplomat, Politician, Military personnel,

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

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
22 December 1943
Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician,
George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan
16 February 1904
Diplomat, Historian, Geopolitician, Political
Bradford BishopBradford Bishop
01 August 1936
Diplomat, Fugitive

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

Zalmay KhalilzadZalmay Khalilzad
22 March 1951

Maxwell D. TaylorMaxwell D. Taylor
26 August 1901
Diplomat, Military personnel
Joseph C. WilsonJoseph C. Wilson
06 November 1949
Diplomat, Writer, Whistleblower, Businessperson

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

Paul BremerPaul Bremer
30 September 1941
Politician, Diplomat

William D. LeahyWilliam D. Leahy
06 May 1875
Officer, Diplomat

Daniel SicklesDaniel Sickles
20 October 1819
Politician, Officer, Lawyer, Diplomat
Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
1904 AD

John NegroponteJohn Negroponte
21 July 1939
Politician, Diplomat
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
Art collector, Diplomat, Publisher, Businessperson
Brent ScowcroftBrent Scowcroft
19 March 1925
Officer, Geopolitician

George Washington WilliamsGeorge Washington Williams
16 October 1849
Soldier, Historian, Diplomat, Writer, Minister,
Jeane KirkpatrickJeane Kirkpatrick
19 November 1926
Politician, Diplomat, University teacher

William Temple FranklinWilliam Temple Franklin
22 February 1762

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

Lawrence EagleburgerLawrence Eagleburger
01 August 1930

John Sherman CooperJohn Sherman Cooper
23 August 1901
Politician, Judge, Lawyer, Diplomat, American
Anthony ZinniAnthony Zinni
17 September 1943
Officer, Senior Advisor, Diplomat

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

Adolph DubsAdolph Dubs
04 August 1920
Diplomat, Politician

Mark BrzezinskiMark Brzezinski
07 April 1965
lawyer, diplomat
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

Felix RohatynFelix Rohatyn
29 May 1928
Diplomat, Banker

Thomas R. PickeringThomas R. Pickering
11 May 1931
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

Justin Francis RigaliJustin Francis Rigali
19 April 1935
Theologian, Diplomat, Catholic priest
James Bryant ConantJames Bryant Conant
26 March 1893
Chemist, Diplomat, Teacher, University teacher

Frederick VreelandFrederick Vreeland
24 June 1927
Joel BarlowJoel Barlow
24 March 1754
Poet, Diplomat, Writer

Francis E. Meloy, Jr.Francis E. Meloy, Jr.
28 March 1917