Haig, Alexander Meigs, 1924-2010

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Birth 1924-12-02
Death 2010-02-20
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Alexander Meigs Haig (b. 1924) was an army officer, politician, diplomat, and Secretary of State. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and entered the U.S. Army, advancing through grades to the rank of general. He served as military assistant to the Secretary of the Army in 1964, and was deputy special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1964 to 1965. From 1969 to 1970, Haig was chief military assistant to National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, and from 1970 to 1973 he was Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1973, he was vice chief of staff for the U.S. Army, and he served as White House Chief of Staff for Nixon from 1973 to 1974. After leaving the White House, he served as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander for SHAPE from 1974 to 1979. He retired from the Army in 1979, and briefly served as Secretary of State during the Reagan administration, from 1981 to 1982.

From the description of Haig, Alexander Meigs, 1924- (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10569246

U.S. Army officer and public official.

From the description of Alexander Meigs Haig papers, 1962-1982 (bulk 1973-1982). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71009628

From the description of Papers, 1962-1982 (bulk 1973-1982). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 31605149

Alexander Meigs Haig (1924- ), Secretary of State from January 1981 until July 1982; Chief of Staff of the White House, 1973-1974; Supreme Allied Commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Europe, 1974-1979; held various positions in the United States Department of Defense from 1962-1965.

From the description of Oral history interview with Alexander Meigs Haig, 1985 Mar. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 45743964

Biographical Note

  • 1924, Dec. 2: Born, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1943: Undergraduate, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.
  • 1944 - 1947 : United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Commissioned second lieutenant
  • 1948 - 1949 : Rifle platoon leader in 1st Cavalry Division, Far East Command
  • 1950: Married Patricia Fox
  • 1951 - 1952 : Tank company commander, Ft. Knox, Ky.
  • 1962: M.A., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 - 1965 : Deputy special assistant to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense
  • 1966 - 1967 : Served in Vietnam
  • 1968: Appointed deputy commandant of cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
  • 1969 - 1970 : Senior military advisor to the assistant to the president for national security affairs.
  • 1970 - 1972 : Deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs
  • 1972: Named vice chief of staff, U.S. Army
  • 1973: Appointed chief of White House staff Resigned from U.S. Army
  • 1974: Recalled to military service and appointed United States commander in chief Europe and Supreme Allied Commander Europe at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • 1979: Retired from North Atlantic Treaty Organization and U.S. Army
  • 1980: Chief operating officer, United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Conn.
  • 1981 - 1982 : Secretary of state, Reagan administration
  • 1982: President, Worldwide Associates, Washington, D.C.
  • 1984: Published Caveat: Realism, Reagan, and Foreign Policy. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co.
  • 1988: Ran unsuccessfully for Republication nomination for president
  • 1992: Published with Charles McCarry Inner Circles. New York: Warner Books
  • 2010, Feb. 20: Died, Baltimore, Md.

From the guide to the Alexander Meigs Haig Papers, 1962-1982, (bulk 1973-1982), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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