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American Politicians Who Have Won The Nobel Peace Prize

  

( Update–10/09/09—This post has been updated for Mr. Obama’s award of the Peace Prize.)

Al Gore and Jimmy Carter are not the only two American politicians to have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel for his role in ending the war between Japan and Russia.

One-term New York Senator Elihu Root won the prize in 1912. As Secretary of State under Teddy Roosevelt, and as Senator, Root help negotiate and arbitrate a number of international disputes.  

This does not seem like something the current administration would support. They have a different approach to resolving disputes. 

President Woodrow Wilson won the Peace prize in 1919 for his part in creating the League of Nations.   

It was bit more rocky, though with some successes, for the League after the Nobel.   

Another one-term Senator, Frank Kellogg of Minnesota, was the 1929 winner. (The photo above is of Mr. Kellogg.)

As Secretary of State under Calvin Coolidge, Kellogg was a force behind the Kellogg-Briand pact. Kellogg-Briand was signed by 64 countries and was about the renunciation of war as an instrument of policy by these nations. It did not have much effect at the time, but why not try?  

1931 co-winner Nicholas Butler, was Teddy Roosevelt’s running mate on the 1912 Bull Moose ticket. Butler won the prize for his international work on behalf of Kellogg-Briand.

Former Tennessee Senator Cordell Hull was the 1945 winner.  Secretary of State under F.D.R, Hull had a part in creating the United Nations.

And finally, much more recently, Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Al Gore for the current year.

October 15, 2007 - Posted by | History, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Am I missing the Point? What does Gore, his theory and his movie have to do with world peace?? Or could it be that the Nobel people don’t like George Bush and are attempting to stick it to him by giving an award to: 1. the guy he beat and everyone is sore about and because 2. George is using force to attempt to solve a tyranical system( most mid east governments) instead of talking and boycotting for the next 50 years. HHHMMM!!!

    Comment by Mick | October 15, 2007

  2. Gore won because climate change is a potential source of war in the future and Bush does not win a “Peace Prize” because he is war-happy.

    Thank you for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 15, 2007


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