Cordell Hull

Cordell Hull

Cordell Hull was a political leader of Tennessee USA and the 47th Secretary of State of the United States. He was credited for his longest serving as the Secretary of State. He served the country from 1933 to 1944 and was an ally to President Franklin Roosevelt who gave him the title of The Father of United Nations. His political career was full of ups and down. Hull had drawn lots of criticism for his stand on the Jews where he asked the President to refuse the shelter to them. Hull died on 23rd July 1955 due to a series of strokes and cardiac arrest.

Birth Details & Personal Biography

Cordell Hull was born on 2nd October 1871 in Byrdstown. His parents’ names were William Paschal Hull and Elizabeth. The couple had five children Cordell was there third born. At a very early age Cordell had developed an interest for learning and he wished to be a lawyer.

Cordell completed his primary education from Mountvale Academy at Celina and for further studies he went to National Normal University at Lebanon Ohio. Hull graduated from Cumberland School of Law and got admitted to the Bar. During 1893 to 1897, for some years Hull served in the Tennessee House of Representative. Later he went to serve as a Captain of the Fourth Tennessee Regiment in the Spain-America war. Cordell Hull also served in Cuba as a captain of Fourth Tennessee Regiment Volunteer Regiment.


The career path of Cordell Hull as follows:

  1. In 1903 Hull was asked to fill the post of a judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of the state.
  2. In 1907 Cordell made his first political move and was elected to Congress form the Fourth Tennessee District.
  3. Later in the year 1931 Cordell was elected to the Senate
  4. In 1933 Cordell was elected as the Secretary of State by the President Roosevelt.
  5. The same year Hull led the team of American delegation to the London Economic Conference & Seventh Pan-American Conference in Montevideo.  
  6. In 1942 Hull was appointed as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Postwar Foreign Policy.
  7. Next year Cordell Hull and his staff drafted the Charter of the United Nations.
  8. In 1944 Cordell resigned from all government services due to his illness

Awards & Achievements

Cordell Hull gained a lot of appreciation for his work and the biggest achievement he received was the title of Father of the United Nation and the greatest award given to him was the Noble Peace Prize in 1945.


“Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river”
- Cordell Hull

” Triumphant science and technology are only at the threshold of man's command over sources of energy so stupendous that, if used for military purposes, they can wipe out our entire civilization.”
- Cordell Hull

“I am certain that, however great the hardships and the trials which loom ahead, our America will endure and the cause of human freedom will triumph”
- Cordell Hull

” Under the ominous shadow which the second World War and its attendant circumstances have cast on the world, peace has become as essential to civilized existence as the air we breathe is to life itself.”
- Cordell Hull

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