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Henry Kissinger (1973–1974) - Secretary of State

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Henry A. Kissinger was born in Fuerthr, Germany on May 28, 1927. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard College (1950), an M.A. from Harvard (1952), and a Ph.

D. from Harvard (1954). Kissinger was a member of Harvard's Department of Government as well as their Center for International Affairs, where he was associate director (1957-1960).He also served as the director of the Harvard Defense Studies Program (1958-1971). Kissinger was a consultant to several federal bureaucracies during the 1960s, including the Department of State (1965-1968), the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1961-1968), and the National Security Council (1961-1962).He served as secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 and as the assistant to the President for national security from 1969 to 1975. He later became a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under Presidents Reagan and Bush (1984-1990). Since leaving the government, Kissinger has been chairman of Kissinger Associates, a consulting firm he founded.

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Ken Hughes

Mr. Hughes coordinates the team of scholars reviewing and transcribing President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes, as part of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.