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Robert Lansing 1864-1928 Born October 17 1864 in Watertown New York United States Died October 30 1928 Occupation Secretary of state As secretary of state during World War I Robert Lansing was overshadowed by President Woodrow Wilson who conducted most important foreign-policy matters himself As the German ambassador to the United States once commented Since Wilson decides everything any interview with Lansing is a mere matter of form Born in Watertown New York on 17 October 1864 Robert Lansing graduated from Amherst College in 1886 After studying law in his fathers law office he was admitted to the New York State bar in 1889 and became a junior partner in his fathers firm in Watertown In 1890 Lansing married Eleanor Foster whose father became secretary of state for President Benjamin Harrison in 1892 Reaping the benefits of nepotism Lansing was appointed associate counsel for the United States in international arbitration and served as counsel on many international arbitration cases over the next sixteen years In 1907 he became a founding editor of the American Journal of International Law During the opening months of World War I Lansing worked as a lawyer in the Department of State serving as acting secretary during Secretary of State William Jennings Bryans frequent absences from Washington When Bryan unexpectedly resigned in June 1915 during the Lusitania crisis President Wilson appointed Lansing to the post Lansing can be easily related to todays president George W Bush This is because when Lansing was secretary of state Wilson still made all the decisions for him And currently even though Bush is the president Cheney makes all the decisions for him
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