Warren M. Christopher was born to Ernest and Catherine Christopher on October 27, 1925 in Scranton, North Dakota. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1945, served in the Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946 and received his law degree from Stanford University in 1949. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas from 1949 to 1950. He had a private law practice in Los Angeles, California from 1950 to 1967. He was the U.S. Deputy Attorney General from 1967 to 1969. He returned to private practice in Los Angeles from 1969 to 1977. He was U.S. Deputy Secretary of State from 1977 to 1981. He returned to private practice in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1992. He was Transition Chief to President elect Bill Clinton in 1992. He was the U.S. Secretary of State from 1993 to 1997. He is married to Marie (Wyllis) Christopher and has four children.
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