As we celebrate George P. Shultz, this portal celebrates the first 100 years of his singular legacy and lasting impact.

George Pratt Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, in academia, and in the world of business. He is one of two individuals who have held four different federal cabinet posts; he has taught at three of this country’s great universities; and for eight years he was president of a major engineering and construction company. Please take some time to scroll through this page and click the links for a glimpse into Shultz@100.

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The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Trust Over My 100 Years

Dec. 13 marks my turning 100 years young. I’ve learned much over that time, but looking back, I’m struck that there is one lesson I learned early and then relearned over and over: Trust is the coin of the realm. When trust was in the room, whatever room that was — the family room, the schoolroom, the locker room, the office room, the government room or the military room — good things happened. When trust was not in the room, good things did not happen. Everything else is details.

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Hoover Institution Library & Archives | On The Record: Life Lessons From George P. Shultz

This is a special digital presentation of the "On The Record" exhibition installed in the Annenberg Conference Room at the Hoover Institution on the Stanford University campus in California. It is dedicated by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to Secretary Shultz in honor of his 100th birthday. Click the image below to visit the exhibit.

Shultz@100 | 100 Facts from 100 Years

Please click on each of the galleries below for one hundred facts about George P. Shultz from the past one hundred years as we look over his childhood, years of service as a Marine and in government, and his life and accomplishments after the White House.

From Youth to Marine   |   At the Heart of Government   |   Beyond the White House


Trust is the Coin of the Realm

When George Shultz first joined President Nixon's administration, Washington hand Bryce Harlow offered him a piece of advice that Secretary Shultz has carried with him to this day: “Trust is the coin of the realm.” Now, on his 100th birthday, Shultz reflects on that lesson across a century of experiences in this personal note to friends and colleagues. "When trust was in the room, whatever room that was—the family room, the schoolroom, the coach’s room, the office room, the government room, or the military room—good things happened. When trust was not in the room, good things did not happen. Everything else is details." 

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George P. Shultz and the Road to the INF Treaty: Process and Personal Diplomacy

by Dr. Stephan Kieninger

This article, by 2016 Hoover Library & Archives Silas Palmer fellow Stephan Kieninger, paints a portrait of George Shultz’s key role in bringing about a pillar of global nuclear arms control: the INF Treaty. Emphasizing the importance of Secretary Shultz's focus on process and personal diplomacy, it shows how he managed to reconcile two potentially contradicting aims: President Reagan’s wish for America’s victory in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and Reagan's simultaneous desire to abolish nuclear weapons by relaunching U.S.-Soviet cooperation. The article is based on recently declassified evidence from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the UK National Archives, the German Foreign Office Archives, and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s private papers. It also draws from Kieninger's oral history interview with Shultz at Hoover in December 2016. 

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Uncommon Knowledge with George P. Shultz

Policy Insights: 100 Years of George P. Shultz

PolicyEd is part of the Hoover Institution's Educating Americans in Public Policy Initiative. George Shultz's career helped to inspire PolicyEd's mission of educating Americans about critical policy issues. Shultz is one of only two individuals in American history to have held four different federal cabinet posts and taught at three of the country’s finest universities. With such a distinguished career in academia, business, and government, Shultz has lived through some of the greatest events in history and shared his knowledge with countless individuals. In this Policy Insight we take a look at one hundred years of wisdom from economist, businessman, and dedicated public servant George P. Shultz.

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Tributes to Shultz @ 100

Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years, by the Free to Choose Network

Happy 100th Birthday, George Shultz, by Bill Whalen via Forbes

The Future of the U.S. and China Conference: A Conversation With George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, by Asia Society

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