Secretaries of State

Elihu Benjamin Washburne

Biography of Secretary of State, Elihu Benjamin Washburne

Elihu Benjamin Washburne was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as Secretary of State, and his commission was issued on March 5, 1869. Grant's appointm...Read More >>

Frequently Asked Questions

Sample document image

Where can I find Department of State records?

Looking for Department of State documents? Click here to find out more about where documents are located: Read More >>

Stay Connected with History.State.gov

Twitter

How was the Foreign Service established 90 years ago? @afsatweets explains ow.ly/FUsXg #twitterstorians ow.ly/i/7WyWg 15 Dec

Acting #SecState Lansing to diplomats 1914: cooperate “in the proper way” w/delivery of “Christmas Ship” gifts #WW1 ow.ly/FFqJ8 10 Dec

How did Kissinger plan to do two jobs at the same time? go.usa.gov/HTx3 #FRUS #twitterstorians 9 Dec


Milestones

Prague 1968

On August 20, 1968, the Soviet Union led Warsaw Pact troops in an invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Education

A Journey Shared

For teachers: A curriculum guide exploring 200 years of U.S.-China relations.

Countries

Vietnam

A guide to the history of U.S. diplomatic relations with Vietnam.