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Encyclopedia > Warren Christopher
Warren Minor Christopher
Warren Christopher

In office
January 20, 1993 – January 17, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Lawrence Eagleburger
Succeeded by Madeleine Albright

Born October 27, 1925 (1925-10-27) (age 82)
Scranton, North Dakota
Political party Democratic
Spouse Marie Wyllis
Profession lawyer, diplomat
Religion Methodist

Warren Minor Christopher (born October 27, 1925) is an American diplomat and lawyer. During Bill Clinton's first term as President, Christopher served as the 63rd Secretary of State. Warren Christopher, state dept photo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Seal of the United States Department of State. ... is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger (born August 1, 1930), is an American statesman and diplomat who served as The United States Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush. ... Madeleine Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová, IPA: , on May 15, 1937) was the first woman to become United States Secretary of State. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Scranton is a city located in Bowman County, North Dakota. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... This page is about negotiations; for the board game, see Diplomacy (game). ... For other uses, see Methodism (disambiguation). ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Seal of the United States Department of State. ...


Born in Scranton, North Dakota, Christopher graduated from Hollywood High School and attended the University of Redlands where he joined the local fraternity Kappa Sigma Sigma. He finished his studies at the University of Southern California where he received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in February 1945. From July 1943 to September 1946, he served in the United States Naval Reserve, with active duty as an ensign in the Pacific Theater. He attended Stanford Law School from 1946-1949, where he was the founder and President of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Scranton is a city located in Bowman County, North Dakota. ... Hollywood High School This article is about Hollywood High school, a secondary school. ... The University of Redlands is a private liberal arts and sciences university located in Redlands, California. ... ΚΣΣ (Kappa Sigma Sigma) is a local fraternity which was founded in 1916 at the University of Redlands. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Naval Reserve is the reserve component of the United States Navy. ... The Pacific Ocean theater was one of four major theaters of the Pacific War, between 1941 and 1945. ... Stanford Law School is a graduate school at Stanford University located near Palo Alto, California in Silicon Valley. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Stanford Law Review is a legal journal produced independently by Stanford Law School students. ... The Order of the Coif is an honorary society for law students. ...


Professional career

From October 1949 to September 1950, Christopher served as law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas of the United States Supreme Court. He practiced law with the firm of O'Melveny & Myers from October 1950 to June 1967, becoming a partner in 1958. Christopher served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States from June 1967 until January 20, 1969, after which he rejoined O'Melveny & Myers. Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the United States, Canada and Brazil, a law clerk is a person who provides assistance to a judge in researching issues before the court and in writing opinions. ... Law clerks have assisted Supreme Court Justices in various capacities since the first one was hired by Justice Horace Gray in the 1880s. ... William Orville Douglas (October 16, 1898 – January 19, 1980) was a United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. ... The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... OMelveny & Myers LLP is an international law firm based in Los Angeles, California, broadly recognized as one of the finest in the country. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Jan. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


Christopher was sworn in on February 26, 1977, as the Deputy Secretary of State and served in that position until January 20, 1981. As Deputy Secretary, he is credited with skillfully negotiating the release of 52 American hostages in Iran. He also spearheaded the Sino-American relations with the People's Republic of China, helped to win ratification of the Panama Canal treaties, and headed the first interagency group on human rights. President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, on January 16, 1981. is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Two Panamax running the Miraflores Locks The Panama Canal (Spanish: ) is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


Christopher's professional activities have included service as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1974-1975; Chairman of the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary of the American Bar Association, 1975-1976; member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California 1975-1976; and Special Counsel to California Governor Edmund G. Brown in 1959. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edmund Gerald Brown Sr. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Christopher's civic activities have included the following: member and President of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University; Chairman, Carnegie Corporation of the New York Board of Trustees; Director and Vice Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, Los Angeles World Affairs Council; Vice Chairman of the Governor's Commission on the Watts riots in 1965-1966; President, Coordinating Council for Higher Education in the State of California; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and Co-Chairman, Pacific Council on International Policy. Stanford redirects here. ... The term Watts Riots refers to a large-scale riot which lasted six days in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in August 1965. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The House of the Academy, Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... The Pacific Council on International Policy is a non-partisan organization headquartered in Los Angeles with members and activities throughout the West Coast of the United States and internationally. ...


In 1991, Christopher served as Chairman of the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, which came to be known as the Christopher Commission. The Commission proposed significant reforms of the Los Angeles Police Department in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident (see 1992 Los Angeles riots), which were approved overwhelmingly by a public referendum. In 1992, Christopher headed the vice presidential search for Governor Bill Clinton and served as the Director of the Presidential Transition. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... LAPD and L.A.P.D. redirect here. ... The Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, informally known as the Christopher Commission, was formed in July 1991, in the wake of the Rodney King beating, by then-mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley. ... LAPD and L.A.P.D. redirect here. ... Rodney King Rodney Glen King (born April 9, 1965 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an African-American taxicab driver who was beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers (Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno and Sargent Stacey Koon) after being chased for allegedly speeding. ... For other uses, see Los Angeles riots (disambiguation). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


He was sworn in as the 63rd Secretary of State on January 20, 1993, and served until 1997. His most important and prone to criticism decisions include avoiding American involvement in peace-keeping activities, notably in Rwanda in 1994, when he managed to enforce the interdiction of the use of the word "Genocide" during the period of most intense slaughter in the month of April. Prior to his appointment, Secretary Christopher served as Chairman of the law firm, O'Melveny & Myers. is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


In addition to several honorary degrees, Christopher has received the following awards: the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service for the Greatest Public Service Performed by an Elected or Appointed Official; the UCLA Medal; the Harold Weill Medal from New York University; the James A. Garfield Baller Award; the Thomas Jefferson Award in Law from the University of Virginia Law School; and the Louis Stein Award from Fordham Law School. Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831–September 19, 1881) was a major general in the United States Army, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the twentieth President of the United States. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... Fordham Law atrium from Lowenstein Plaza Fordham University School of Law, commonly known as Fordham Law, is a part of Fordham University and is one of eight ABA approved law schools in New York City. ...


Christopher's picture hangs in the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, near pictures of John Kerry, Robert McNamara, Elmo Zumwalt, and other American dignitaries, in commemoration of his visit to Vietnam after normalization of relations between the two countries. (see [1]) Saigon redirects here. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... For the figure skater, see Robert McNamara (figure skater). ... Elmo R. Zumwalt Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. ...


At the 1999 unveiling of his portrait at the Department of State, attended by President Clinton, Christopher remarked: "To anyone who has served in Washington, there is something oddly familiar about [having your portrait painted]. First, you're painted into a corner, then you're hung out to dry and, finally, you're framed."


He was sent to supervise the contested Florida recount for Al Gore in the U.S. presidential election, 2000 after which the Supreme Court in the Bush v. Gore decision decided 5-4 for George W. Bush. This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Holding In the circumstances of this case, any manual recount of votes seeking to meet the December 12 “safe harbor” deadline would be unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


Christopher is a member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) Board of Advisors. Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) is a Jewish organization founded in 1985 by Martin Indyk, previously research director of the leading pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac). ...


He is is an Advisory Board member for the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy. The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy. ...


Christopher is married to the former Marie Wyllis. He has four children: Lynn, Scott, Thomas, and Kristen. He has written In the Stream of History: Shaping Foreign Policy for a New Era (1998), and Chances of a Lifetime (2001). Warren Christopher is a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... The Roughrider Award is an award presented by the governor of the state of North Dakota. ...


"Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher will receive an honorary doctorate from the California State University Board of Trustees at Cal State L.A.’s Undergraduate Commencement exercises Saturday, June 9. The ceremony begins at 8 a.m. in the University Athletic Stadium." (see http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/newsrel/grad2007-hondoc.htm)


In popular culture

  • In The Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia," when discussing how to fix Bart's perceived gayness, Moe says, "Time was, you send a boy off to war. Shootin' a man fix him right up. But there's not even any wars no more, thank you very much Warren Christopher."

Not to be confused with Geoffrey Archer or Baron Archer of Sandwell. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Homers Phobia is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons eighth season, which originally aired on the Fox network on February 16, 1997. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... ...

See also

Preceded by
Charles W. Robinson
United States Deputy Secretary of State
1977–1981
Succeeded by
William P. Clark
Preceded by
Lawrence Eagleburger
United States Secretary of State
Served Under: Bill Clinton

19931997
Succeeded by
Madeleine Albright

 
 

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