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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1
482 182
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)
George Washington, 1790-1793

2
533 180
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1880-1959)
Harry S. Truman, 1947-1949

3
438 124
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
369 110
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1801-1872)
Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, 1861-1869

5
283 96
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
261 96
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
583 386
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
358 226
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
251 167
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
189 89
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
161 79
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
555 422
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
197 119
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
145 70
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
173 95
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1777-1852)
John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829

16
395 300
Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
age 81
George W. Bush, 2001-2005

17
404 324
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
121 79
Elihu Root is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 92 (1845-1937)
Theodore Roosevelt, 1905-1909

19
175 130
John Foster Dulles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 71 (1888-1959)
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1959

20
131 96
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
94 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
117 110
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
71 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
65 51
Robert Bacon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Died at 59 (1860-1919)
Theodore Roosevelt, 1909-1909

25
98 83
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1782-1862)
Andrew Jackson, 1829-1831