Melvin Laird

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Birthday
1, 1922
Birthplace
Nebraska
Death Date
Nov 16, 2016 (94)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
1, 1922
Birthplace
Nebraska
Death Date
Nov 16, 2016 (94)

About

A Republican politician and Wisconsin seventh-district representative in the United States Congress, he also served as President Nixon's Secretary of Defense during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Before Fame

After attending Minnesota's Carleton College, he served in the United States Navy, earning a Purple Heart honor for his military bravery.

Trivia

In his early twenties, he replaced his father, Melvin R. Laird, Sr., as a member of the Wisconsin State Senate.

Family Life

His two marriages -- to Barbara Masters and Carole Fleishman -- produced a total of four children.

Associated With

He was one of the government officials who pushed for the 1973 resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.