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Warren Christopher
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63rd United States Secretary of State
In office
January 20, 1993 – January 17, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Deputy Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. (1993–1994)
Strobe Talbott (1994–1997)
Preceded by Lawrence Eagleburger
Succeeded by Madeleine Albright
5th United States Deputy Secretary of State
In office
February 26, 1977 – January 20, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Leader Cyrus Vance (1977–1980)
Edmund Muskie (1980–1981)
Preceded by Charles W. Robinson
Succeeded by William P. Clark, Jr.
7th United States Deputy Attorney General
In office
March 10, 1967 – January 20, 1969
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Leader Ramsey Clark
Preceded by Ramsey Clark
Succeeded by Richard G. Kleindienst
Personal details
Warren Minor Christopher

(1925-10-27)October 27, 1925
Scranton, North Dakota, U.S.
Died March 18, 2011(2011-03-18) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joan Southgate Workman (divorced)
Marie Wyllis (m. 1956 – his death)
Children Lynn, Scott, Thomas, Kristen
Residence Century City, California, U.S.
Carpinteria, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern California (B.A.)
Stanford Law School (J.D.)
Profession Lawyer, diplomat, public servant
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 1942–1946
Rank US-O1 insignia.svg Ensign
Battles/wars World War II

Warren Minor Christopher (October 27, 1925 – March 18, 2011) was an American lawyer, diplomat and politician.

Early life

Christopher was born in Scranton, North Dakota on October 27, 1925. He was raised in Los Angeles, California. Christopher studied at the University of Southern California and at Stanford Law School.


Christopher served as the 63rd Secretary of State under Bill Clinton's presidency. He also served as Deputy Attorney General in the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, and as Deputy Secretary of State in the Jimmy Carter administration.

At the time of his death, he was a Senior Partner at O'Melveny & Myers in the firm's Century City, California, office. He also served as a professor in the College Honors Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. At the behest of Al Gore, Christopher oversaw the Vice President's Florida recount effort in the aftermath of the disputed United States presidential election, 2000.

Personal life

He married Joan Workman during the 1940s. They had two children. They soon filed for a divorce. Christopher soon remarried in 1956. They had two children. Their marriage would last until his death in 2011. Christopher lived in Los Angeles and in Century City, California.


Christopher died at his home in Los Angeles, California on March 18, 2011, from complications of kidney and bladder cancer. He was 85 years old.

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