Anecdotes: Diplomats, Statesmen & Politicians

Interesting, amusing, or biographical incidents about diplomats, statesmen, heads of state, and politicians.
Dean Acheson

On leaving his post as secretary of state,...

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Menachem Begin

In September 1940 Begin was playing chess with...

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Willy Brandt

On a visit to Israel as mayor of West Berlin,...

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George Canning

Sydney Smith said that Canning in office was...

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Cato the Censor

The eighty-year-old Cato surprised his friends...

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Winston Churchill

Churchill was no admirer of Sir Stafford...

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George Clemenceau

Clemenceau loathed flying and always avoided...

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Frances Hutt (Mrs. Thomas Dewey)

In the 1948 presidential contest between Harry...

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Benjamin Disraeli

A young lady was taken to dinner one evening...

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John Foster Dulles

Asked whether he had ever been wrong, Dulles...

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Francisco Franco

Franco had remarkable powers of endurance and...

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Benjamin Franklin

At the signing of the first draft of the...

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Sir Oliver Shewell Franks

In December 1948, a Washington, DC, radio...

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John Kenneth Galbraith
Joseph P. Kennedy

Kennedy objected to being referred to as an...

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Nikita Khrushchev

Censuring Stalin at a public meeting,...

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Robert Todd Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln was home from Harvard on a...

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David Lloyd George

Lloyd George was once approached by explorer...

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Jan Masaryk

Early in his career, Jan Masaryk served as...

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Joseph McCarthy

Senator McCarthy stalked out of a...

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Golda Meir

During the negotiations with the Arabs, Mrs....

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Gamal Abdel Nasser

With emotions high on the night before the...

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Adlai Stevenson

Harry Truman finally persuaded Stevenson to...

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Charles Talleyrand-Périgord

Claude Rulhières, author of a celebrated work...

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Mo Udall

In 1983, Democratic Congressman Mo Udall of...

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