- Jan 10, 2009
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- Bonners Ferry ID USA
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I'd have to say Thomas Jefferson. Minister to France, helped draft/give ideas for two of the most important documents in US history (DoI and BoR respectively), doubled the size of the US with the Louisiana Purchase, convinced Congress to fund the Lewis and Clark expedition, was an advocate for assimilating Indian Tribes and encouraged treaties with them, signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves in 1807, and many many more things.As the title says. Who do you see as one of the most intelligent and able and gifted politicians/diplomat in history? Why do you feel that way?
Personally for me it is Otto Von Bismarck. Without him, a unified Germany would not have happened. Granted...maybe no world wars...but had he remained in power there also would have been no wars. His political and diplomatic maneuvering essentially set Germany up as a powerful empire. His alliances essentially kept Germany on the receiving end of good fortune.
He even understood that Russia was the key to keeping a war out of Germany. The guy was a genius. Too bad the Kaiser was a damned fool