Asked • 07/23/19

Why is the U.S. foreign ministry called the "State Department"?

What is the reasoning behind the somewhat odd and awkward naming of the U.S. Foreign Ministry as "State Department"? I get the department being the American equivalent of ministry but in what way does the word "state" relate to foreign affairs. This question is perhaps about more then just the etymology of the term and seeking to delve into the history that may have lead to such unusual naming?

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Kevin K. answered • 07/24/19

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