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Warren Minor Christopher, lawyer, former United States Secretary of State. Achievements include negotiating the release of 52 American hostages in Iran, 1981.


Christopher, Warren Minor was born on October 27, 1925 in Scranton, North Dakota, United States. Son of Ernest W. and Catharine Anna (Lemen) Christopher.


Student, University Redlands, 1942—1943. Bachelor of Science magna cum laude, University Southern California, 1945. Bachelor of Laws, Stanford University, 1949.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Occidental University, 1977. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Bates College, 1981. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Brown University, 1981.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Claremont College, 1981.


Law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas United States Supreme Court, Washington, 1949—1950. Deputy attorney general United States Department Justice, 1967—1969. Deputy secretary United States Department State, 1977—1981, secretary, 1993—1997.

Member firm O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, 1950—1967, 1969, partner, 1958—1967, 1969—1976, 1981—1993, chairman, 1982—1992, senior partner, since 1997. Special counsel to Governor State of California, Sacramento, 1959. Consultant Office Under Secretary State, 1961—1965.

Member board bar examiners State Bar California, 1966—1967. Board directors Southern California Edison Company, First Interstate Bancorp, Lockheed Сorporation. Chairman board trustee Carnegie Corporation New York.

Member California Coordinating Council for Higher Education, 1960—1967, president, 1963—1965. Vice chairman Governor's Commission on Los Angeles Riots, 1965—1966. Chairman United States delegations to United States-Japan Cotton Textile Negotiations, 1961, Geneva Conference on Cotton Textiles, 1961.

Special representative secretary state for Wool Textile Meetings, London, Rome, Tokyo, 1964—1964. Member Trilateral Commission, 1975—1977, 1981—1988. Member international advisory council Institute International Studies.

Chairman Indiana Commission on Los Angeles Police Department, 1991. Co-chairman Pacific Council on International Policy. Headed search for Governor Clinton's running mate (Sen.

Al Gore); served as director presidential transition process. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946.


  • Achievements include negotiating the release of 52 American hostages in Iran, 1981.


Director, vice chairman Council on Foreign Relations, 1982—1991. Member United States-Korea Wisemen Council, 1991—1993. Trustee Stanford University, 1971—1977, 1981—1993, president board trustees, 1985—1988.

Director Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Member executive committee American Agenda, 1988. Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation.

Member: American Bar Association (house delegations 1975-1977, chairman standing committee federal judiciary 1975-1977), American Law Institute, Los Angeles County Bar Association (president 1974-1975), California Bar Association (governor 1975-1977), Chancery Club, California Club, Order of Coif, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Marie Josephine Wyllis, December 21, 1956. Children: Lynn, Scott, Thomas, Kristen.

Ernest W. Christopher

Catharine Anna (Lemen) Christopher

Marie Josephine Wyllis

Scott Christopher

Lynn Christopher

Thomas Christopher

Kristen Christopher