Caspar Weinberger

Caspar Weinberger

Hometown San Francisco
Died Mar 28, 2006
Death Place Bangor, Maine
Political Party Republican Party
Religion Episcopal Church ...
Alma Mater Harvard College +...
Other Names Caspar Willard We...

Caspar Willard "Cap" Weinberger, GBE, was an American politician and businessman. He served in a variety of prominent state and federal positions for three decades, most prominently as Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1987. Born in San Francisco, California, Weinberger served in the 41st Infantry Division in the Pacific theater of World War II.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Caspar Weinberger.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Caspar Weinberger.


1917 Birth Born on August 18, 1917.


1938 20 Years Old Weinberger received his Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, magna cum laude, in 1938 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1941, both from Harvard. … Read More
1941 23 Years Old He entered the United States Army as a private in 1941, was commissioned as a second lieutenant at the United States Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and served with the 41st Infantry Division in the Pacific. … Read More
1942 24 Years Old In 1942, Weinberger married Rebecca Jane Dalton, who was born on March 29, 1918 in Milford, Maine. … Read More
1945 27 Years Old From 1945–1947, Weinberger worked as a law clerk for a federal judge before joining a San Francisco law firm.


1952 34 Years Old In 1952, Weinberger entered the race for California assemblyman in the San Francisco Bay area as a Republican at the persuasion of his wife, Jane Weinberger, who also served as his campaign manager.
1954 36 Years Old He won and was reelected in 1954 and 1956. … Read More


1958 40 Years Old Although unsuccessful in his 1958 campaign for California Attorney General, Weinberger continued to be active in politics and was chosen by Nixon in 1962 to become chairman of the California Republican Party. … Read More


1970 52 Years Old Weinberger moved to Washington in January 1970 to become chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. … Read More


1981 63 Years Old …  Most notably he was Secretary of Defense under Republican President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1987. … Read More
1983 65 Years Old Weinberger was reluctant to commit the armed forces, keeping only a token force of American marines in Lebanon that then became victims in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing. … Read More
1987 69 Years Old 1 More Event
He was awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1987 and an honorary British knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. … Read More
1992 74 Years Old 1 More Event
A federal grand jury then indicted Weinberger on two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice on June 16, 1992. He was defended by defense attorney Carl Rauh. Prosecutors brought an additional indictment four days before the 1992 presidential election. … Read More
1993 75 Years Old He was named chairman in 1993. … Read More
1996 78 Years Old In 1996, Weinberger co-authored a book entitled The Next War, which raised questions about the adequacy of US military capabilities following the end of the Cold War. … Read More
2006 89 Years Old He was buried in Section 30, Grave 835-1 at Arlington National Cemetery on April 4, 2006. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.