Christopher, Warren M.

Christopher, Warren M. (Minor)

(1925–  ) lawyer, government official; born in Scranton, N.D. In 1950, he joined the Los Angeles law firm O'Melveny & Myers. In the 1960s, he analyzed race riots and aided international textile negotiations. Deputy attorney general (1967–69) and deputy secretary of state (1977–81), in 1980–81 he led successful U.S. negotiations for release of 52 hostages held in Iran. He remained a respected voice in the Democratic Party in the following years and President Bill Clinton appointed him secretary of state (1993).
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