Robert Lansing

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Lansing, Robert


Bom Oct. 17, 1864, in Watertown, N.Y.; died Oct. 30, 1928, in Washington, D.C. American diplomat. By education he was a lawyer, a specialist in international law.

From 1915 to 1920, Lansing was US secretary of state. Believing that a victory by Germany in World War I would threaten US interests, he advocated direct participation by the USA in the war against Germany. The Lansing-Ishii Agreement of 1917 was a Japanese-American agreement on China. Lansing took part in the Paris Peace Conference of 1919–20.