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Mass. has been breeding ground for secretaries of state

WASHINGTON _ So here’s a trivia question: how many secretaries of state have political roots in Massachusetts? (Not including Senator John F. Kerry, who is expected to win speedy confirmation to be America’s top diplomat).

There was future president John Quincy Adams, from 1817 to 1825, whose signature diplomatic achievement was the Monroe Doctrine, a foundation of American foriegn policy.

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