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List of United States Secretaries of State by time in office

11 years, 271 days
Cordell Hull from 1933 to 1944
7 years, 364 days
Dean Rusk from 1961 to 1969
7 years, 364 days
William H. Seward from 1861 to 1869
43 days
Lawrence Eagleburger from 1992 to 1993
37 days
Robert Bacon in 1909
11 days
Elihu B. Washburne in 1869

This is a list of United States Secretaries of State by time in office. This is based on the difference between dates; if counted by number of calendar days all the figures would be one greater.

Cordell Hull is the only person to have served as Secretary of State for more than 8 years. Daniel Webster and James G. Blaine are the only Secretaries of State to have ever served non-consecutive terms. Elihu B. Washburne served as Secretary of State for less than two weeks before becoming Ambassador to France.

# in office Secretary Length of service
(days)
Rank
47 Hull, CordellCordell Hull 4289 1
54 Rusk, DeanDean Rusk 2921 2
24 Seward, William H.William H. Seward 2921
8 Adams, John QuincyJohn Quincy Adams 2920 4
26 Fish, HamiltonHamilton Fish 2917 5
5 Madison, JamesJames Madison 2862 6
37 Hay, JohnJohn Hay 2465 7
13 Forsyth, JohnJohn Forsyth 2437 8
60 Shultz, George P.George P. Shultz 2380 9
52 Dulles, John FosterJohn Foster Dulles 2282 10
7 Monroe, JamesJames Monroe 2011 11
42 Lansing, RobertRobert Lansing 1695 12
55 Rogers, William P.William P. Rogers 1685 13
14/19 Webster, DanielDaniel Webster 1617 14
3 Pickering, TimothyTimothy Pickering 1614 15
45 Kellogg, Frank B.Frank B. Kellogg 1484 16
28/31 Blaine, James G.James G. Blaine 1472 17
67 Clinton, Hillary RodhamHillary Rodham Clinton 1472
65 Powell, ColinColin Powell 1467 19
51 Acheson, DeanDean Acheson 1460 20
21 Marcy, William L.William L. Marcy 1460
30 Bayard, Sr., Thomas F.Thomas F. Bayard, Sr. 1460
40 Knox, Philander C.Philander C. Knox 1460
44 Hughes, Charles EvansCharles Evans Hughes 1460
63 Christopher, WarrenWarren Christopher 1458 25
64 Albright, MadeleineMadeleine Albright 1458
17 Buchanan, JamesJames Buchanan 1458
9 Clay, HenryHenry Clay 1457 28
27 Evarts, William M.William M. Evarts 1456 29
66 Rice, CondoleezzaCondoleezza Rice 1455 30
46 Stimson, Henry L.Henry L. Stimson 1437 31
1 Jefferson, ThomasThomas Jefferson 1380 32
22 Cass, LewisLewis Cass 1379 33
61 Baker, JamesJames Baker 1306 34
38 Root, ElihuElihu Root 1288 35
56 Kissinger, HenryHenry Kissinger 1216 36
57 Vance, CyrusCyrus Vance 1191 37
29 Frelinghuysen, Frederick T.Frederick T. Frelinghuysen 1173 38
41 Bryan, William JenningsWilliam Jennings Bryan 826 39
33 Gresham, Walter Q.Walter Q. Gresham 812 40
10 Van Buren, MartinMartin Van Buren 786 41
6 Smith, RobertRobert Smith 756 42
11 Livingston, EdwardEdward Livingston 736 43
50 Marshall, GeorgeGeorge Marshall 730 44
68 Kerry, JohnJohn Kerry 723 45
53 Herter, ChristianChristian Herter 639 46
34 Olney, RichardRichard Olney 634 47
2 Randolph, EdmundEdmund Randolph 595 48
49 Byrnes, James F.James F. Byrnes 567 49
59 Haig, AlexanderAlexander Haig 529 50
18 Clayton, John M.John M. Clayton 501 51
35 Sherman, JohnJohn Sherman 417 52
12 Maclane, LouisLouis McLane 397 53
43 Colby, BainbridgeBainbridge Colby 346 54
16 Calhoun, John C.John C. Calhoun 343 55
4 Marshall, JohnJohn Marshall 264 56
58 Muskie, EdmundEdmund Muskie 257 57
32 Foster, John W.John W. Foster 239 58
15 Upshur, Abel P.Abel P. Upshur 219 59
48 Stettinus, EdwardEdward Stettinius, Jr. 208 60
36 Day, William R.William R. Day 141 61
20 Everett, EdwardEdward Everett 117 62
23 Black, Jeremiah S.Jeremiah S. Black 78 63
62 Eagleburger, LawrenceLawrence Eagleburger 43 64
39 Bacon, RobertRobert Bacon 37 65
25 Washburne, Elihu B.Elihu B. Washburne 11 66

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