Robert Lansing was an American lawyer and diplomat who served as Counselor to the State Department at the outbreak of World War I, and then as United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson from 1915 to 1920. A conservative pro-business Democrat, he was pro-British and a strong defender of American rights at international law. He was a leading enemy of German autocracy and Russian Bolshevism. Before U.S. involvement in the war, Lansing vigorously advocated in favor of the principles of freedom of the seas and the rights of neutral nations. He later advocated U.S. participation in World War I, negotiated the Lansing–Ishii Agreement with Japan in 1917 and was a member of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace at Paris in 1919. However Wilson made Colonel House his chief foreign policy advisor because Lansing privately opposed much of the Versailles treaty and was skeptical of the Wilsonian principle of self-determination.
|Born||October 17, 1864, Watertown, New York, U.S.|
|Died||October 30, 1928, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Eleanor Foster (1890–1928)|
|Education||Amherst College (BA)|
|Preceded by||William Jennings Bryan|
|Succeeded by||Bainbridge Colby|
Notable for his work on both stage and screen, he appeared in the Broadway productions of Finishing Touches and The Little Foxes and had recurring roles on, among other television series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (as Paul Blaisdell); The Equalizer (as Control); and Automan (as Lt. Jack Curtis).
Before beginning his screen acting career, he performed with a professional theater company in Lansing, Michigan.
His film credits include roles in Namu, the Killer Whale; 4D Man; and It Takes All Kinds.
Born Robert Howell Brown, he spent his early days in San Diego, California, and later relocated to New York City. He was married three times (to Emily McLaughlin, Gari Hardy, and Anne Pivar), and he had a son named Robert Frederick Orin Lansing and a daughter named Alice Lucille Lansing.
He co-starred with Gena Rowlands in the early 1960s NBC series 87th Precinct.
- Woodrow Wilson administration cabinet members
- Dulles family
- United States Secretaries of State
- American legal writers
Latest information about Robert Lansing updated on June 19 2021.