Cordell Hull (October 2, 1871 - July 23, 1955) was an American politician from Tennessee, in the Democratic Party. He is best-known as the longest-serving Secretary of State, holding the position for 11 years (1933–1944) in the administration of PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt during much of World War II. Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in establishing the United Nations, and was referred to by President Roosevelt as the Father of the United Nations.
As the Race presence on American soil had made Congressional elections impossible to that point, Hull was resigned to the possibility that he might continue on as president rather than stand for election in November. The Peace of Cairo did bring the war to an end before the scheduled election.
The Race was initially quite certain that Roosevelt's death and Hull's ascension would lead to the collapse of the U.S., and were quite disappointed when it didn't happen.