In his autobiography, he claims that his mother is descended from Gen. Sir Eyre Coote (b. 1760, d. 1823), Governor of Jamaica (1806-1808) though he does not provide details of the descent.
Graduated from Morris High School (South Bronx, NY) in 1954.
Graduated from City College of New York in 1958 with a B.S. in geology.
Earned an MBA from George Washington University in 1971.
Served as President Ronald Reagan's National Security Adviser (1987-1989).
Served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993).
Served as US Secretary Of State under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.