Cordell Hull

“Cordell Hull was born in 1871 in Pickett County Tennessee one of five boys. His father was a farmer. He attended a one room school and later schools in Kentucky and Southern Ohio, eventually earning a law degree and returning to his hometown to practice. He ran for state representative as soon as he was of age and served for four years from 1893-1897. He then served in the U.S. Army in the Spanish American War. He returned to Tennessee to practice law and in 1903 was appointed as a judge. He was elected to congress and served as representative from 1907-1931. He then elected senator in 1931 but resigned in 1933 to become secretary of state under Franklin Roosevelt, a post which he held until 1944, longer than anyone else in history. He retired due to poor health but then served as senior advisor to the U.S. delegation at the first United Nations Conference in 1945. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in that year. He died in 1955.”