Cordell Hull

American politician, U.S. Secretary of State from 1933 to 1944

Cordell Hull (2 October 187123 July 1955) was United States Secretary of State from 1933 to 1944 under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in establishing the United Nations.

Cordell Hull


  • There will no longer be need for spheres of influence, for alliances, for balance of power, or any other of the separate alliances through which in the unhappy past the nations strove to safeguard their security or promote their interest.
    • 1945 Testimony before the U.S. Congress hearings on the United Nations Charter
  • A lie will gallop halfway round the world before the truth has time to pull its breeches on.
    • Memoirs of Cordell Hull (1948), 1:220
    • This is a variant of similar statements attributed earlier to Mark Twain, e.g., "A lie will fly around the whole world while the truth is getting its boots on." The oldest attribution (1831) is to Fisher Ames: “falsehood proceeds from Maine to Georgia, while truth is pulling on his boots”.

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