Christopher, Warren Minor
Christopher, Warren Minor, 1925–2011, U.S. government official, b. Scranton, N.Dak. He studied law at Stanford (1946–49) and was a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1949–50). A Democrat, he was in private practice when not serving in government, ultimately heading a prominent California law firm. He had been appointed to a number of government posts before serving (1967–69) as deputy attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson . As deputy secretary of state under President Jimmy Carter , he was the chief American negotiator in the 1981 talks that ended the Iranian hostage crisis. Appointed secretary of state (1993–97) by President Bill Clinton , Christopher was particularly involved in seeking Arab-Israeli peace agreements and in negotiating a peace in Bosnia. He also served (1991) as chairman of the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department.
See his memoirs (1998, 2001).
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