"Although Cordell Hull (1871 - 1955) is generally conceded to be the abelest member of Mr. Roosevelt's cabinet - better equipped for his job, better balanced, even craftier - he is by all means the most independent. His influence on the New Deal has been greater than the New Deal's influence on him. By most of the Roosevelt's eager satellites he has been regarded scornfully from time to time as a home-spun hack with a one-way mind into which nothing new had entered since the turn of the century."
"Two former Secretaries of State - Henry L. Stimson and Charles E. Hughes - think he's a great man. And they ought to know, having been themselves masters of the job."