Hull, Cordell (1871–1955), a United States statesman. He was secretary of state under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933–44, holding this office longer than any other man. In 1945 Hull was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the founding of the United Nations. He promoted the “good neighbor” policy toward Latin America. Hull favored lower tariffs, and under the Trade Agreements Act of 1934 he negotiated reciprocal trade agreements with many countries for the lowering of tariff barriers.
Hull was born in what is now Pickett County, Tennessee, and graduated from the law school of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1891. From 1893 to 1897 Hull was in the state House of Representatives as a Democrat. During the Spanish-American War he was a captain of a volunteer company. He was a Tennessee judge, 1903–07, and was a representative in Congress, 1907–21 and 1923–31. Hull was elected to the Senate in 1930, resigning in 1933 to become secretary of state. The Memoirs of Cordell Hull was published in 1948.