Outspoken Attorney General under the Nixon administration who led the investigation into the Watergate scandal. He was also a US Senator from Ohio and the US Ambassador to India.
He was the fourth AG to serve under Nixon: the first two were implicated in the Watergate scandal, and the third resigned in protest over the stonewalling of his investigation.
He dismissed Nixon's claims of ignorance of the affair by likening him to 'the man who plays piano at a bawdy house for 20 years and says he doesn't know what's going on upstairs.'
He was born in the small farming town of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, where his father worked as a cattle buyer.
His penchant for frankness sometimes got him in trouble, like the time he called Patty Hearst, the socialite who was kidnapped and then joined the Symbionese Liberation Army, "a common criminal."