Au Revoir Alberto
Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: With the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the news, our One Cup question today takes a historic look at the presidential cabinet. You may be reassured to know that no one who has ever served as Attorney General has ever become president of the United States. Neither, for that matter, has any former Secretary of Defense. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning: in American history, what cabinet position has yielded the most future U.S. presidents, with six men holding that cabinet job eventually taking the White House?
Answer: Secretary of State. Those six are Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, and James Buchanan.
Bonus Blog Trivia: Elliott Richardson holds the record for the most different cabinet positions held. He was Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1970 to 1973; Secretary of Defense from January to May of 1973; Attorney General from May 24, 1973 to October, 1973, and Secretary of Commerce from 1976 to 1977.