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John Tower

John TowerAKA John Goodwin Tower

Born: 25-Sep-1925
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Died: 5-Apr-1991
Location of death: Brunswick, GA
Cause of death: Accident - Airplane
Remains: Buried, Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Texas, 1961-85

Military service: US Navy (1943-46)

After service in the Senate (including Chairman of the Armed Services Committee for several years), Tower became a highly paid defense consultant. In 1986, Ronald Reagan appointed Tower to investigate the Iran-Contra scandal. He was also nominated to U.S. Secretary of Defense by George H.W. Bush, though not confirmed by the Senate amidst a firestorm of allegations regarding his womanizing and heavy drinking.

Wife: (1st, three daughters)
Wife: (2nd)
Daughter: Marian (d. same airplane crash)

    High School: Beaumont High School, Beaumont, TX
    University: Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX (1948)
    University: London School of Economics and Political Science
    University: MA Political Science, Southern Methodist University (1953)

    Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Chairman (1990-91)
    Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1989-91)
    Iran-Contra Scandal Headed the Tower Commission
    US Senator, Texas (15-Jun-1961 to 3-Jan-1985)
    American Legion
    Kiwanis Club
    Pilgrims Society
    Young Americans for Freedom National Advisory Board
    Kappa Sigma Fraternity
    Prostate Surgery (May-1990)
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Prostate Cancer

Author of books:
Consequences: A Personal and Political Memoir (1991, memoir)


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