Thomas Vanderbilt was a Human male politician who played a key role in the Earth-Romulan War and served as the first President of the Council of the United Federation of Planets. (ENT - The Romulan War novels: Beneath the Raptor's Wing, To Brave the Storm, ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures)

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In 2155, during the Earth-Romulan War he served as United Earth Secretary of Defense in the government of Prime Minister Nathan Samuels. That year, he advised Prime Minister Samuels to terminate the NX-class project in favor of increased construction of Daedalus-class ships in the United Earth Starfleet. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

By 2161, Vanderbilt held the position of Environment Minister of United Earth, and on August 12 of the year he participated in representing United Earth as one of the signatories of the Federation Charter. (ENT novel: To Brave the Storm)

In February 2162, Vanderbilt was selected by the Federation Council to serve as the first Federation Council President. As Council President, Vanderbilt was authorized to act for the Council when it was not in session, and to serve as commander-in-chief of the newly-established Federation Starfleet. As the Federation's first de facto head of government, one of his chief priorities was the recruitment of new member states.

Upon learning about the emergence of harmful side-effects from long-term usage of the transporter from Admiral Jonathan Archer, Council President Vanderbilt temporarily suspended use of the device unless in emergencies. At the same time however, he regretted the fact that the Federation wouldn't have a technology to bargain with other planets for Federation membership.

In March 2163, Vanderbilt traveled to Vega colony for the final talk with that Saurians about the planned trade agreement. During the negotiation, Captain Bryce Shumar informed Vanderbilt and Commissioner Soval that Saurian dictator Maltuvis wanted Federation weapons for conquering his planet. Soval suggested that they sever contact with the Saurians, as the already compromised their world enough, but ultimately Vanderbilt decided that would be even more harmful and the Federation needed the resources, so the trade agreement was finalized.

In that year, the Federation Council had decided to establish a full Federation presidency, popularly elected to a four-year term. That year, however, Vanderbilt decided that he would not seek election to the presidency. While unsure of who would succeed him in office, he could not shake the feeling that some day his friend Archer would hold the office. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures)

During his final year in office, Council President Vanderbilt continued to seek enlargement of the Federation, seeking Membership for both Vega colony and the United Rigel Worlds and Colonies. The Rigel worlds were a particular priority for Vanderbilt, and his expansionistic policies – associated with the Federalist movement – inspired backlash in the form of the Planetarist movement. Nonetheless, both polities became Federation Member States in 2164, and Federalist-aligned candidate Haroun al-Rashid, who had also served in Samuels's government, was elected to succeed Vanderbilt. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Tower of Babel)

Vanderbilt had a book published in 2197 titled The Founding: First Days of Federation. (ST reference: Federation: The First 150 Years)

In 2381, one of the rooms in the Palais de la Concorde was named after Vanderbilt. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)

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Preceded by:
Unestablished
United Earth Secretary of Defense
c. 21552162
Succeeded by:
Althea Knowlton
Preceded by:
None: Inaugural Holder
President of the Council
of the United Federation of Planets

February 2162–January 2165
Succeeded by:
Haroun al-Rashid (Federation President)
Presidents of the United Federation of Planets
by stardate Seal of the President of the United Federation of Planets.
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23rd century Einicrox (1/20-1/22) • Suessor (1/23-1/25) • Todahlahr (1/26-1/28) • Morvehl (1/291/34) • Kurvannis (1/351/37) • Greshlahrigm (1/38-1/43) • Sutorox (1/44-1/52) • Christenson (1/53-1/58) • Menliss (1/59-1/64) • Varis (1/65-1/67) • Dadari (1/68-1/70) • Mintaine (1/71-1/72) • Sarboran (1/72-1/79) • Lithir (1/80-1/85) • Oromon (1/86-1/89) • Salamorn (1/90-1/94) • Ixan (1/95-1/97) • Quinland (1/98-2/03) • Eloth (2/04-2/06) • Zagrin (2/07-2/12) • Abelmare (2/13-2/18) • Roth ~ Fergus (from 2/19)
by year
22nd century Vanderbilt (Council President, 2162-2165) • al-Rashid (2165-) • T'Maran (2170s) • sh'Rothress (c. 2170s/2180s) • Archer (2184-2192)
23rd century Bral (2230s) • Qasr (2240s) • Blaque (2250s) • Wescott (2260s) • Hirashito (2260s) • McLaren (2260s) • Lorg (2270s) • Roth ~ Fergus (2280s) • Ra-ghoratreii (2289-2300)
24th century Laikan (2310s) • Thelian (2320s) • Sulu (2330s) • T'Pragh (2350s) • Amitra (2365-2369) • Jaresh-Inyo (2369-2373) • Zife (2373-2379) • B'ullhy (pro tempore, 2379) • Bacco (2379-2385/2392) • Baras (pro tempore, 2385) • Sipak (pro tempore, 2385) • zh'Tarash (from 2385) • Okeg (from 2392)
Nero's alternate timeline Pellan Fel (c. 2255)
Council of the United Federation of Planets
Earth representatives Haroun al-RashidPercival KimbridgeJonathan ArcherIndira BhuttoPatarch SomassovKevin McBrideMatthew Mazibuko United Earth emblem. Vulcan representatives T'MaranT'NuriSarekT'LatrekT'nireaT'LosSoronSokketh Vulcan IDIC emblem.
Andorian representatives Anlenthoris ch'VhendreniAvaranthi sh'RothressThy'lek ShranZhimen ch'RhettelThrandasar v'ElexShroom StonwinCharivretha zh'ThaneKellerasana zh'Faila Andorian emblem. Tellar representatives GrallessGora bim GralF'xaqVagak HaggarakBera chim GleerKyll Tellarite emblem.
Alpha Centauri representatives Nasrin SloaneSondri SullivanHuang Chaoying Centauran emblem. Benzar representatives MelnisLinzner Benzar. Bolarus IX representatives Min ZifeNea Bolian emblem.
Cait representatives S'rrelDynkorra M'Relle Caitian emblem. Deltan representatives LLyanaaEleana Deltan emblem. Grazer representatives Jaresh-InyoSevern-AnyarAstoni-Yhard Grazerite emblem.
Trill representatives Jerella DevJix Trill emblem. Zalda representatives SamtonMolmaan Zaldan emblem. Bajoran representatives Rava MehwynKrim AldosBaras Rodirya Bajoran emblem.
Other membership Alonis: NerramibusAntede III: Selora QuintorArcturus: Jacob VarisArdana: StrovosBetazed: Cort EnarenBetelgeuse II: Chuu'iik Hru'uithBre'el IV: NitramCestus III: Altoun DjinianDamiano: Ra'ch B'ullhyDeneva: Lynda FoleyDjana: EwuEfros: Domak VorisGemworld: Lari BeltaneGnala: Gorus GelemingarHermat: Saltroni 815Huan: CoricesIcor IX: Lyo MorhasIgre: GloobsherkpfackIthen: Danga SitruIzar: Grace MurabiJanus VI: SanahtKoa: SicariosMakus III: Konahr LutetMars: QaletaquChab jav LorgNasat: C29 GreenOna: Eftheria LoPandril: GovrinRegulus III: Maria MoiRigel Colonies: Kishkik SajithenTomorokSauria: S'kaaTerra Nova: Kevin SteinerTiburon: Jard ElbirGnizbregTriex: Artrin na YelVega IX: Zhi Nu PalmerVestios: Lenith AgrehoOther councillors: Lisa abn DariEric CooperCorvixWalter JullievAlexis KindrKleegLanuguSipakT'VorinWulkk UFP emblem.
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