Aristide Briand of France first suggested a two-sided pact in which war would be outlawed in 1927. Although nothing happened immediately, this would lead to Frank B. Kellogg's proposal in 1928.
Aristide Briand 1927
There should be a bilateral pact against aggression!
Frank B. Kellogg, the U.S. Secretary of State at the time, proposed a worldwide pact that outlawed war instead of a two-sided pact. This proposal later led to the creation of the Kellogg-Briand Pact.
Why not make that pact a multilateral treaty that outlaws war?
Frank B. Kellogg 1928
The French accepted Kellogg's proposal. This is why the Kellogg-Briand Pact is sometimes referred to as the Pact of Paris.
I like the sound of that!
Wow! Nearly every country has signed this pact, outlawing all war!
At the White House in January of 1929, President Calvin Coolidge and Frank B. Kellogg signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact making it official: America was no longer able to turn to war when the goings got tough. As time went on, more and more countries signed on to the pact until the majority of the countries had signed on. Since the pact outlawed all war, the countries that had signed on lost their ability to participate in and declare war.