Politics The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time  

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List Rules Includes former and current Secretaries of State appointed by the President.

People who've served as US Secretary of State include some of the biggest names in the history of American politics.  Many of the most talked-about politicians even went on to become President of the United States of America. These men and women have served in one of the most important and prominent positions in the world.

The office of the United States Secretary of State is the person in charge of the United States Department of State, which deals primarily with foreign affairs. This person specializes in foreign affairs, and advises the President on such matters, participates in negotiations with other countries, deals with immigration, and is responsible for regulating Americans working, traveling, or serving overseas. 

Serving as Secretary of State means a job filled with lots of travel - something that the 2013 Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, did impressively. Clinton visited a record 112 countries during her time in the office, and helped foster a rapport between the US and other countries's leaders. Only one other Secretary of State logged more travel miles, and not by much. Condoleeza Rice, who served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, notched a record 1,059,247 miles traveling.

While many are appointed Secretary of State after losing presidential elections, others did it the other way around and went on to become President later. James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren and Thomas Jefferson all served as Secretary of State as well as President. Clearly those lucky few who have been appointed Secretary of State, like John Kerry in 2013, are in good company.
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516 171
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 79 (1880-1959) - Harry S. Truman, 1947-1949

2
464 177
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1743-1826) - George Washington, 1790-1793

3
420 122
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1767-1848) - James Monroe, 1817-1825

4
355 106
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 71 (1801-1872) - Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, 1861-1869

5
274 93
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1751-1836) - Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809

6
248 93
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1758-1831) - James Madison, 1811-1817

7
564 373
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
age 95 - Gerald Ford, 1973-1977

8
353 216
James Baker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
age 88 - George H. W. Bush, 1989-1992

9
244 159
George P. Shultz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
age 98 - Ronald Reagan, 1982-1989

10
180 88
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1782-1852) - William Harrison, 1841, John Tyler, 1841-1843, and Millard Fillmore, 1850-1852

11
155 77
John Hay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 67 (1838-1905) - William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, 1898-1905

12
540 407
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
age 64 - George W. Bush, 2005-2009

13
191 117
Dean Acheson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 78 (1893-1971) - Harry S. Truman, 1949-1953

14
140 69
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1755-1835) - John Adams, 1800-1801

15
384 294
Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
age 81 - George W. Bush, 2001-2005

16
166 94
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1777-1852) - John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829

17
385 314
Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
age 81 - Bill Clinton, 1997-2001

18
170 129
John Foster Dulles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 71 (1888-1959) - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1959

19
115 78
Elihu Root is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 92 (1845-1937) - Theodore Roosevelt, 1905-1909

20
126 93
Cordell Hull is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 84 (1871-1955) - Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1944

21
90 73
Charles Evans Hughes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 86 (1862-1948) - Warren G. Harding and Herbert Hoover, 1921-1925

22
114 106
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1860-1925) - Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1915

23
70 60
Frank B. Kellogg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 81 (1856-1937) - Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, 1925-1929

24
91 77
Hamilton Fish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 85 (1808-1893) - Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877

25
88 77
Henry L. Stimson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 83 (1867-1950) - Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933