Other forms: statesmen

Definitions of statesman
  1. noun
    a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs
    synonyms: national leader, solon
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    Dean Gooderham Acheson
    United States statesman who promoted the Marshall Plan and helped establish NATO (1893-1971)
    Konrad Adenauer
    German statesman; chancellor of West Germany (1876-1967)
    Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
    Roman general who commanded the fleet that defeated the forces of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium (63-12 BC)
    ancient Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War (circa 450-404 BC)
    Yasser Arafat
    Palestinian statesman who was chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (1929-2004)
    Kemal Ataturk
    Turkish statesman who abolished the caliphate and founded Turkey as a modern secular state (1881-1938)
    Clement Richard Attlee
    British statesman and leader of the Labour Party who instituted the welfare state in Britain (1883-1967)
    Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus
    Roman statesman who established the Roman Empire and became emperor in 27 BC; defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC at Actium (63 BC - AD 14)
    Viscount St. Albans
    English statesman and philosopher; precursor of British empiricism; advocated inductive reasoning (1561-1626)
    1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
    English statesman; member of the Conservative Party (1867-1947)
    Arthur James Balfour
    English statesman; member of the Conservative Party (1848-1930)
    Bernard Mannes Baruch
    economic advisor to United States Presidents (1870-1965)
    Menachem Begin
    Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992)
    David Ben Gurion
    Israeli statesman (born in Poland) and active Zionist who organized resistance against the British after World War II; prime minister of Israel (1886-1973)
    Ernest Bevin
    British labor leader and statesman who played an important role in diplomacy after World War II (1884-1951)
    Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck
    German statesman under whose leadership Germany was united (1815-1898)
    Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
    British statesman who became prime minister in 1997 (born in 1953)
    Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
    a Roman who was an early Christian philosopher and statesman who was executed for treason; Boethius had a decisive influence on medieval logic (circa 480-524)
    El Libertador
    Venezuelan statesman who led the revolt of South American colonies against Spanish rule; founded Bolivia in 1825 (1783-1830)
    Willy Brandt
    German statesman who as chancellor of West Germany worked to reduce tensions with eastern Europe (1913-1992)
    Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev
    Soviet statesman who became president of the Soviet Union (1906-1982)
    Marcus Junius Brutus
    statesman of ancient Rome who (with Cassius) led a conspiracy to assassinate Julius Caesar (85-42 BC)
    Edmund Burke
    British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
    Gaius Julius Caesar
    conqueror of Gaul and master of Italy (100-44 BC)
    Gaius Cassius Longinus
    prime mover in the conspiracy against Julius Caesar (died in 42 BC)
    Arthur Neville Chamberlain
    British statesman who as Prime Minister pursued a policy of appeasement toward fascist Germany (1869-1940)
    Francois Rene Chateaubriand
    French statesman and writer; considered a precursor of the romantic movement in France (1768-1848)
    Fourth Earl of Chesterfield
    suave and witty English statesman remembered mostly for letters to his son (1694-1773)
    Chiang Chung-cheng
    Chinese military and political figure; in the Chinese civil war that followed World War II he was defeated by the Chinese communists and in 1949 was forced to withdraw to Taiwan where he served as president of Nationalist China until his death (1897-1975)
    Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
    British statesman and leader during World War II; received Nobel prize for literature in 1953 (1874-1965)
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    a Roman statesman and orator remembered for his mastery of Latin prose (106-43 BC)
    Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus
    Roman statesman regarded as a model of simple virtue; he twice was called to assume dictatorship of Rome and each time retired to his farm (519-438 BC)
    Georges Eugene Benjamin Clemenceau
    French statesman who played a key role in negotiating the Treaty of Versailles (1841-1929)
    Baron Clive of Plassey
    British general and statesman whose victory at Plassey in 1757 strengthened British control of India (1725-1774)
    Cosimo de Medici
    Italian financier and statesman and friend of the papal court (1389-1464)
    Oliver Cromwell
    English general and statesman who led the parliamentary army in the English Civil War (1599-1658)
    Jefferson Davis
    American statesman; president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1808-1889)
    Moshe Dayan
    Israeli general and statesman (1915-1981)
    Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle
    French general and statesman who became very popular during World War II as the leader of the Free French forces in exile (1890-1970)
    Athenian statesman and orator (circa 385-322 BC)
    Teng Hsiao-ping
    Chinese communist statesman (1904-1997)
    Eamon de Valera
    Irish statesman (born in the United States); as president of the Irish Free State he was responsible for the new constitution of 1937 that created the state of Eire (1882-1975)
    First Earl of Beaconsfield
    British statesman who as Prime Minister bought controlling interest in the Suez Canal and made Queen Victoria the empress of India (1804-1881)
    Gaius Flaminius
    Roman statesman and general who built the Flaminian Way; died when he was defeated by Hannibal (died 217 BC)
    Charles James Fox
    English statesman who supported American independence and the French Revolution (1749-1806)
    Indira Nehru Gandhi
    daughter of Nehru who served as prime minister of India from 1966 to 1977 (1917-1984)
    William Ewart Gladstone
    liberal British statesman who served as prime minister four times (1809-1898)
    Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
    Soviet statesman whose foreign policy brought an end to the Cold War and whose domestic policy introduced major reforms (born in 1931)
    Second Earl Grey
    Englishman who as Prime Minister implemented social reforms including the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1764-1845)
    First Viscount Haldane of Cloan
    Scottish statesman and brother of Elizabeth and John Haldane (1856-1928)
    Alexander Hamilton
    United States statesman and leader of the Federalists; as the first Secretary of the Treasury he establish a federal bank; was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr (1755-1804)
    Vaclav Havel
    Czech dramatist and statesman whose plays opposed totalitarianism and who served as president of Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992 and president of the Czech Republic since 1993 (born in 1936)
    Paul Ludwig von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg
    German field marshal and statesman; as president of the Weimar Republic he reluctantly appointed Hitler as chancellor in 1933 (1847-1934)
    Nguyen Tat Thanh
    Vietnamese communist statesman who fought the Japanese in World War II and the French until 1954 and South Vietnam until 1975 (1890-1969)
    Muhammad Ali Jinnah
    Indian statesman who was the founder of Pakistan as a Muslim state (1876-1948)
    Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin
    soviet statesman and head of state of the USSR (1875-1946)
    Kenneth David Kaunda
    statesman who led Northern Rhodesia to full independence as Zambia in 1964 and served as Zambia's first president (1924-1999)
    Jomo Kenyata
    Kenyan statesman and the first president of independent Kenya (1893-1978)
    Aleksandr Feodorovich Kerensky
    Russian revolutionary who was head of state after Nicholas II abdicated but was overthrown by the Bolsheviks (1881-1970)
    Sir Seretse Khama
    Botswanan statesman who was the first president of Botswana (1921-1980)
    Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
    Soviet statesman and premier who denounced Stalin (1894-1971)
    Prince Fumimaro Konoye
    Japanese statesman who set Japan's expansionist policies and formed an alliance with Germany and Italy (1891-1945)
    Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger
    Boer statesman (1825-1904)
    Lorenzo the Magnificent
    Italian statesman and scholar who supported many artists and humanists including Michelangelo and Leonardo and Botticelli (1449-1492)
    Niccolo Machiavelli
    a statesman of Florence who advocated a strong central government (1469-1527)
    John Roy Major
    British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
    South African statesman who was released from prison to become the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 (born in 1918)
    George Catlett Marshall
    United States general and statesman who as Secretary of State organized the European Recovery Program (1880-1959)
    Golda Meir
    Israeli statesman (born in Russia) (1898-1978)
    Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von Metternich
    Austrian statesman (1773-1859)
    Francois Maurice Marie Mitterrand
    French statesman and president of France from 1981 to 1985 (1916-1996)
    Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov
    Soviet statesman (1890-1986)
    Sir Thomas More
    English statesman who opposed Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and was imprisoned and beheaded; recalled for his concept of Utopia, the ideal state
    Gouverneur Morris
    United States statesman who led the committee that produced the final draft of the United States Constitution (1752-1816)
    Hosni Mubarak
    Egyptian statesman who became president in 1981 after Sadat was assassinated (born in 1929)
    Fridtjof Nansen
    Norwegian explorer of the Arctic and director of the League of Nations relief program for refugees of World War I (1861-1930)
    Gamal Abdel Nasser
    Egyptian statesman who nationalized the Suez Canal (1918-1970)
    Jawaharlal Nehru
    Indian statesman and leader with Gandhi in the struggle for home rule; was the first prime minister of the Republic of India from 1947 to 1964 (1889-1964)
    Second Earl of Guilford
    British statesman under George III whose policies led to rebellion in the American colonies (1732-1792)
    Daniel Ortega Saavedra
    Nicaraguan statesman (born in 1945)
    Ignace Jan Paderewski
    Polish pianist who in 1919 served as the first Prime Minister of independent Poland (1860-1941)
    Athenian statesman whose leadership contributed to Athens' political and cultural supremacy in Greece; he ordered the construction of the Parthenon (died in 429 BC)
    First Earl of Chatham
    English statesman who brought the Seven Years' War to an end (1708-1778)
    Second Earl of Chatham
    English statesman and son of Pitt the Elder (1759-1806)
    Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus
    Roman general and statesman who quarrelled with Caesar and fled to Egypt where he was murdered (106-48 BC)
    Colin luther Powell
    United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
    Russian statesman chosen as president of the Russian Federation in 2000; formerly director of the Federal Security Bureau (born in 1952)
    Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
    Indian philosopher and statesman who introduced Indian philosophy to the West (1888-1975)
    Armand Jean du Plessis
    French prelate and statesman; principal minister to Louis XIII (1585-1642)
    Second Marquis of Rockingham
    English statesman who served as prime minister and who opposed the war with the American colonies (1730-1782)
    Anwar el-Sadat
    Egyptian statesman who (as president of Egypt) negotiated a peace treaty with Menachem Begin (then prime minister of Israel) (1918-1981)
    Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt
    German statesman who served as chancellor of Germany (born in 1918)
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca
    Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD)
    Ian Douglas Smith
    Rhodesian statesman who declared independence of Zimbabwe from Great Britain (born in 1919)
    Jan Christian Smuts
    South African statesman and soldier (1870-1950)
    Indonesian statesman who seized power from Sukarno in 1967 (born in 1921)
    Achmad Sukarno
    Indonesian statesman who obtained the independence of Indonesia from the Netherlands in 1949 and served as president until ousted by Suharto in a coup d'etat (1901-1970)
    Maxmilien de Bethune
    French statesman (1560-1641)
    Sun Yat-sen
    Chinese statesman who organized the Kuomintang and led the revolution that overthrew the Manchu dynasty in 1911 and 1912 (1866-1925)
    Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
    French statesman (1754-1838)
    Athenian statesman who persuaded Athens to build a navy and then led it to victory over the Persians (527-460 BC)
    Marshal Tito
    Yugoslav statesman who led the resistance to German occupation during World War II and established a communist state after the war (1892-1980)
    Getulio Dornelles Vargas
    Brazilian statesman who ruled Brazil as a virtual dictator (1883-1954)
    Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd
    South African statesman who instituted the policy of apartheid (1901-1966)
    Kurt Waldheim
    Austrian diplomat who was Secretary General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981; in 1986 he was elected president of Austria in spite of worldwide allegations that he had direct knowledge of Nazi atrocities during World War II (born in 1918)
    Lech Walesa
    Polish labor leader and statesman (born in 1943)
    First Earl of Orford
    Englishman and Whig statesman who (under George I) was effectively the first British prime minister (1676-1745)
    Earl of Warwick
    English statesman; during the War of the Roses he fought first for the house of York and secured the throne for Edward IV and then changed sides to fight for the house of Lancaster and secured the throne for Henry VI (1428-1471)
    Chaim Azriel Weizmann
    Israeli statesman who persuaded the United States to recognize the new state of Israel and became its first president (1874-1952)
    First Duke of Wellington
    British general and statesman; he defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; subsequently served as Prime Minister (1769-1852)
    William of Wykeham
    English prelate and statesman; founded a college at Oxford and Winchester College in Winchester; served as chancellor of England and bishop of Winchester (1324-1404)
    elder statesman
    an elderly statesman whose advice is sought be government leaders
    Founding Father
    a member of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787
    a woman statesman
    type of:
    pol, political leader, politician, politico
    a person active in party politics
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