Secretaries of State Since WWII

This section gives information on each Secretary of State since World War II.  In addition to brief text and references, video clips on several are also included.



William P. Rogers -- 1969-1973

William Rogers, a respected lawyer with strong civil rights credentials who had served previously as Attorney General under President Dwight Eisenhower, was Secretary of State throughout the first term of President Richard M. Nixon. Although given well-deserved credit for negotiating a truce between Israel and Egypt along the Suez Canal in 1970, he (and his senior colleagues within the State Department) played a relatively small part in foreign policy formulation and execution, because Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger tightly controlled the major elements of America’s diplomatic relations during that era. Known for espousing a cautious approach to the use of military force to advance U.S. interests, Rogers nonetheless loyally defended the administration’s Vietnam War policies.