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Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig dies at 85

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig dies at 85

February 20, 2010 10:55 a.m. EST
 

Washington (CNN) -- Alexander Haig, the former military officer, secretary of state and adviser to presidents, has died, a Johns Hopkins Medical Center spokesman said.

Haig, 85, was admitted to the Baltimore, Maryland, hospital on January 28 and died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson said.

Haig was a top official in the administrations of three presidents -- Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

As Reagan's secretary of state, Haig famously (and incorrectly) declared, "As of now, I am in control here, in the White House, pending the return of the vice president," he declared shortly after President Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981. Vice President George H.W. Bush was en route from Texas after the shooting in Washington.

Haig served as Nixon's deputy assistant for national security affairs beginning in 1970, then in January 1973 became vice chief of staff of the Army.

His departure from the Nixon administration proved to be short lived," the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Web site says in a biographical note on Haig. "Four months later, on May 4, 1973, he returned to the White House as chief of staff at the request of the president to fill the vacuum created by H.R. Haldeman's resignation on April 30."

Nixon's resignation came that August.

Haig then became supreme allied commander over NATO forces in Europe until 1979.

He left the military for the private sector, but returned to serve as Reagan's secretary of state in 1981. He resigned the following year.

TIME: Read why Haig left the Reagan White House

Haig ran an unsuccessful bid for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.

Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. was born December 2, 1924, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He attended the University of Notre Dame for two years before transferring to the U.S. Military Academy in 1944. After his graduation in 1947, he served in Japan. He later served on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff in Japan during the Korean War.

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by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

 RIP You served your country long and well. : (

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