The death of George P. Shultz over the weekend reminds us of how significant he was in American history.
Shultz shares with Elliot Richardson the distinction of having served in four Presidential Cabinet positions, an amazing accomplishment!
Shultz served as Secretary of Labor from January 1969 to July 1970; Director of the Office of Management and Budget from July 1970 to June 1972; and Secretary of the Treasury from June 1972 to May 1974, all under President Richard Nixon.
He also served as Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan from July 1982 to January 1989. He was a very influential figure in shaping the foreign policy of Reagan, and always had an independent streak, speaking out whenever he disagreed with the direction of American foreign policy and economic policy.
Often underestimated and overlooked, he stands out as one of the most significant Secretaries of State in American history, and the fact that he lived to age 100 is a sign of his endurance!