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The Office of The Secretary of State of the United States

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The Secretaries of State of The United States

# Name Term President(s) served under
Acting John Jay Sept 26, 1789 - March 22, 1790 George Washington
1 Thomas Jefferson (Became President) March 22, 1970 - Dec 31, 1793 George Washington
2 Edmund Randolph Jan 2, 1794 - Aug 20, 1795 George Washington
3 Timothy Pickering Aug 20, 1795 - May 12, 1800 George Washington John Adams
Acting Charles Lee May 13, 1800 - June 5, 1800 John Adams
4 John Marshall June 13, 1800 - March 4, 1801 John Adams
Acting Levi Lincoln, Sr March 5, 1801 - May 1, 1801 Thomas Jefferson
5 James Madison (Became President) May 2, 1801 - March 3, 1809 Thomas Jefferson
6 Robert Smith March 6, 1809 - April 1, 1811 James Madison
7 James Monroe (Became President) April 2, 1811 - March 3, 1817 James Madison
Acting John Graham March 4, 1817 - March 9 1817 James Monroe
Acting Richard Rush March 10, 1817 - Sept 22, 1817 James Monroe
8 John Quincy Adams (Became President) March 5, 1817 - March 3, 1825 James Monroe
Acting Daniel Brent March 4, 1825 - March 7, 1825 John Quincy Adams
9 Henry Clay March 7, 1825 - March 3, 1829 John Quincy Adams
Acting James Alexander Hamilton (Became President) March 4, 1829 - March 27, 1829 Andrew Jackson
10 Martin Van Buren (Became President) March 28, 1829 - May 23, 1831 Andrew Jackson
11 Edward Livingston May 24, 1831 - May 29, 1833 Andrew Jackson
12 Louis McLane May 29, 1833 - June 30, 1834 Andrew Jackson
13 John Forsyth July 1, 1834 - March 3, 1841 Andrew Jackson Martin Van Buren
Acting Jacob L. Martin March 4, 1841 - March 5, 1841 William Henry Harrison
14 Daniel Webster March 6, 1841 - May 8, 1843 William Henry Harrison John Tyler
Acting Hugh S. Legaré May 9, 1843 - June 20, 1843 John Tyler
Acting William S. Derrick June 21, 1843 - June 23, 1843 John Tyler
15 Apel P. Upshur June 24, 1843 - Feb 28, 1844 John Tyler
Acting John Nelson Feb 29, 1844 - March 31, 1844 John Tyler
16 John C. Calhoun (Was Vice-President) April 1, 1844 - March 10, 1845 John Tyler
17 James Buchanan (Became President) March 10, 1845 - March 7, 1849 James K. Polk
18 John M Clayton March 8, 1849 - July 22, 1850 Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore
19 Daniel Webster July 23, 1850 - Oct 24, 1852 Millard Fillmore
Acting Charles M. Conrad Oct 25, 1852 - Nov 5, 1852 Millard Fillmore
20 Edward Everett Nov 6, 1852 - March 3, 1853 Millard Fillmore
Acting William Hunter March 4, 1853 - March 7, 1853 Franklin Pierce
21 William L. Marcy March 7, 1853 - March 6, 1857 Franklin Pierce
22 Lewis Cass March 6, 1857 - Dec 14, 1860 James Buchanan
Acting William Hunter Dec 15, 1860 - Dec 16, 1860 James Buchanan
23 Jeremiah S. Black Dec 17, 1860 - Mar 5, 1861 James Buchanan
24 William H Serard March 5, 1861 - March 4, 1869 Abraham Lincoln Andrew Johnson
25 Elihu B. Washburne March 5, 1869 - March 16, 1869 Ulysses S. Grant
26 Hamilton Fish March 17, 1869 - March 12, 1877 Ulysses S. Grant
27 William M. Evarts March 12, 1877 - March 7, 1881 Rutherford B. Hayes
28 James G Blaine March 7, 1881 - Dec 19, 1881 James A. Garfield Chester A Arther
29 Frederick T. Frelinghuysen Dec 19, 1881 - March 6, 1885 Chester Arthur
30 Thomas F. Bayard, Sr. March 7, 1885 - March 6, 1889 Grover Cleveland
31 James G. Blaine March 7, 1889 - June 4, 1892 Benjamin Harrison
Acting William F. Wharton June 4, 1892 - June 29, 1892 Benjamin Harrison
32 John W. Foster June 29, 1892 - Feb 23, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
Acting William F. Wharton Feb 23, 1893 - March 6, 1893 Benjamin Harrison Grover Cleveland
33 Walter Q. Gresham March 7, 1893 - May 28, 1895 Grover Cleveland
Acting Edwin F. Uhl May 28, 1895 - June 9, 1895 Grover Cleveland
34 Richard Olney June 10, 1895 - March 5, 1897 Grover Cleveland
35 John Sherman March 6, 1897 - April 27, 1898 William McKinley
Acting Alvey A. Adee Sept 17, 1898 - Sept 29, 1898 William McKinley
36 William R. Day April 28, 1898 - Sept 16, 1898 William McKinley
37 John Hay Sept 30, 1898 - July 1 - 1905 William McKinley Theodore Roosevelt
Acting Francis B. Loomis July 1, 1905 - July 18, 1905 Theodore Roosevelt
38 Elihu Root July 19, 1905 - Jan 27, 1909 Theodore Roosevelt
39 Robert Bacon Jan 27, 1909 - Mar 5, 1909 Theodore Roosevelt
40 Philander C. Knox Mar 6, 1909 - March 5, 1913 William Howard Taft
41 William Jennings Bryan March 5, 1913 - June 9, 1915 Woodrow Wilson
42 Robert Lansing June 9, 1915 - June 23, 1915 Woodrow Wilson
Acting Frank Polk Feb 14, 1920 - March 12, 1920 Woodrow Wilson
43 Bainbridge Colby March 23, 1920 - March 4, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
44 Charles Evans Hughes March 5, 1921 - March 4, 1925 Warren G. Harding Calvin Coolidge
45 Frank B Kellogg March 5, 1925 - March 28, 1929 Calvin Coolidge Herbert Hoover
46 Henry L. Stimson March 28, 1929 - March 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
47 Cordell Hull March 4, 1933 - Nov 30, 1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt
48 Edward Stettinius, Jr. Dec 1, 1944 - June 27, 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt Harry S Truman
Acting Joseph Grew June 28, 1945 - July 3, 1945 Harry S. Truman
49 James F. Byrnes July 3, 1945 - Jan 21, 1947 Harry S. Truman
50 George Marshall Jan 21, 1947 - Jan 20, 1949 Harry S. Truman
51 Dean Acheson Jan 21, 1949 - Jan 20, 1953 Harry S. Truman
Acting Harrison F. Matthews Jan 20, 1953 - Jan 21 - 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower
52 John Foster Dulles Jan 21, 1953 - April 22, 1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower
53 Christian Herter April 22, 1959 - Jan 20, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Acting Livingston T. Merchant Jan 20, 1961 - Jan 21, 1961 John F. Kennedy
54 Dean Rusk Jan 21, 1961 - Jan 20, 1969 John F. Kennedy Lyndon B Johnson
Acting Charles E. Bohlen Jan 20, 1969 - Jan 22, 1969 Richard Nixon
55 William P. Rogers Jan 22, 1969 - Sept 3, 1973 Richard Nixon
Acting Kenneth Rush Sept 3, 1973 - Spet 22, 1973 Richard Nixon
56 Henry Kissinger Sept 22, 1973 - Jan 20, 1977 Richard Nixon Gerald Ford
Acting Philip Habib Jan 20, 1977 - Jan 23, 1977 Jimmy Carter
57 Cyrus Vance Jan 23, 1977 - April 28, 1980 Jimmy Carter
Acting Warren Christopher April 28, 1980 - May 2, 1980 Jimmy Carter
Acting David Newsom May 2, 1980 - May 3, 1980 Jimmy Carter
Acting Richard N. Cooper May 3, 1980 - May 3, 1980 Jimmy Carter
Acting David Newsom May 3, 1980 - May 4, 1980 Jimmy Carter
Acting Warren Christopher May 4, 1980 - May 8 1980 Jimmy Carter
58 Edmund Muskie May 8, 1980 - Jan 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
59 Alexander Haig Jan 22, 1981 - July 5, 1982 Ronald Reagan
Acting Walter J. Stoessel Jul 5, 1982 - July 16, 1982 Ronald Reagan
60 George P. Shultz July 16, 1982 - Jan 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
Acting Michael Armacost Jan 20, 1989 - Jan 25, 1989 George H. W. Bush
61 James Baker Jan 25, 1989 - Aug 23, 1992 George H. W. Bush
62 Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger Aug 23, 1992 - Jan 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Acting Arnold Kanter Jan 20, 1993 - Jan 20, 1993 Bill Clinton
Acting Frank G. Wisner Jan 20, 1993 - Jan 20, 1993 Bill Clinton
63 Warren Christopher Jan 20, 1993 - Jan 17, 1997 Bill Clinton
64 Madeleine Albright Jan 23, 1997 - Jan 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
65 Colin Powell Jan 20, 2001 - Jan 26, 2005 George W. Bush
66 Condoleezza Rice Jan 26, 2005 - Jan 20, 2009 George W. Bush
Acting William Joseph Burns Jan 20, 2009 - Jan 21, 2009 Barack Obama
67 Hillary Rodham Clinton (Was First Lady) Jan 21, 2009 - Present Barack Obama