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Bainbridge Colby (December 22, 1869 – April 11, 1950) was an Americanmarker lawyer, a founder of the United States Progressive Party and Woodrow Wilson's last Secretary of State.

Life

Born in St. Louis, Missourimarker, Colby graduated from Williams College(Phi Beta Kappa), then attended Columbia Law School, and New York Law Schoolmarker (1892). He was admitted to the New York bar. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1901 to 1902. In 1914, he ran on the Progressive ticket for U.S. Senator from New York, but was defeated by Republican James W. Wadsworth, Jr. In 1916, he ran again, this time on the Progressive and Independence League tickets, but was defeated by Republican William M. Calder.

Colby was a special assistant to the United States Attorney General in an anti-trust action in 1917, and represented the U.S. at the Inter-Allied Conference at Parismarker the same year. Wilson appointed him Secretary of State from March 23, 1920 and served until March 4, 1921. He supported the President's policies firmly (his predecessor Robert Lansing had not) while the President suffered from severe side effects of a series of strokes. He supported the League of Nations and established a precedent for not recognizing newly Communist Russia which remained in place until 1933. He was a partner in Wilson's law firm from 1921 until 1923 and continued with the law for the remainder of his career.

Prior to his death in 1950, Colby was the last surviving member of the Wilson Cabinet.

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