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Alexander Haig

Alexander HaigAKA Alexander Miegs Haig, Jr.

Born: 2-Dec-1924
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 20-Feb-2010
Location of death: Baltimore, MD [1]
Cause of death: Infection

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government, Military
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Secretary of State, 1981-82

Military service: US Army (1947-73, 1974-79)

Military advisor to President Richard M. Nixon who, in October 1973, delivered Nixon's order to Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox when Cox's office came too close to unraveling the Watergate scandal. Richardson refused and quit, and Haig conveyed the same order to his second-in-command, acting Attorney General William Ruckelshaus, who also refused and quit. This left the more obedient Solicitor General Robert Bork as the highest-ranking member of the Justice Department, who promptly fired Cox as Haig instructed.

Haig was later Supreme Commander of NATO under Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and briefly Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan.


[1] Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Father: Alexander Meigs Haig, Sr. (lawyer, d.)
Sister: Regina (older)
Wife: Patricia Antionette Fox (m. 1950, two sons, one daughter)
Son: Alex
Son: Brian
Daughter: Barbara

    High School: Saint Joseph's Preparatory School, Philadelphia, PA
    University: Notre Dame University
    University: US Military Academy, West Point (1947)
    University: Naval War College (1960)
    University: Columbia University
    University: MA, Georgetown University (1961)
    University: Army War College

    NewsMax Media International Advisory Board (2001-)
    Amway Consultant (1984)
    US Secretary of State (1981-82)
    White House Deputy National Security Advisor (1970-73)
    US National Security Council (1969-73)
    Watergate Scandal
    Member of the Board of AOL
    Member of the Board of Commodore Business Machines
    Member of the Board of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1999-)
    Member of the Board of MGM Mirage (1990-2009)
    Member of the Board of Worldwide Associates, Inc. (as Chairman)
    Alfalfa Club 1974
    American Academy of Diplomacy Charter Member
    American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus Advisory Board
    Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Honorary Member, Board of Directors
    Atlantic Council Honorary Director
    Bohemian Grove
    Bretton Woods Committee
    Center for Strategic & International Studies
    Elizabeth Dole for President
    Everglades Club
    Foreign Policy Research Institute
    Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies Honorary Patron
    Friends of Mark Foley
    Hudson Institute
    John McCain 2008
    Knights of Malta
    Korea Society Advisory Council
    McCain Victory Committee
    Trilateral Commission
    Washington Institute for Near East Policy Board of Advisors
    Crisis
    Alfalfa Party candidate for US President
    International Security Leadership Award 1987
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Distinguished Service Cross
    Purple Heart
    Silver Star
    Heart Bypass Operation triple, Houston, TX (Apr-1980)
    Sued by the ACLU (3-Jun-1982)
    Secret Service Codename Claw Hammer
    Funeral: Richard Nixon (1994)
    Funeral: Ronald Reagan (2004)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Trials of Henry Kissinger (14-Jun-2002) · Himself

Rotten Library Page:
Alexander Haig

Author of books:
Caveat: Realism, Reagan, and Foreign Policy (1984, international affairs)
Inner Circles: How America Changed the World: A Memoir (1992, memoir)


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