William Pierce Rogers, the secretary of state who was eclipsed, and eventually replaced, by Henry A.
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Please try again later. Rogers, who directed an important reorganization of the Justice Department when he was Attorney General, has probably given more attention than any postwar Secretary of State to structural reform. From to , Rogers was head of the Federal City Council , a group of business, civic, education, and other leaders for the economic development in Washington, DC.
He was involved in the crisis in Little Rock, Ark. For example, Rogers had no knowledge that Nixon and Kissinger were negotiating with China to establish diplomatic relations. But even as he gave his longtime friend the most senior position in American diplomacy, he handed the reigns to Kissinger, his national security advisor. He loyally defended the administration's vietnam war policies but left all major policy decisions to Kissinger.