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Jeb Stuart Magruder

Jeb Stuart Magruder

Author + Businessman + Civil Servant
Born Nov 5, 1934

Jeb Stuart Magruder is an American businessman, author, Presbyterian minister, and former civil servant. A junior staffer with Richard Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President, he pled guilty to conspiracy and served time in a federal prison as a result of his participation in the Watergate affair. His accounts of Richard Nixon's involvement in that affair have changed and contradicted themselves several times over the years. He is also a published writer.… Read More

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    NYTimes - Feb 01, 2008
  • The Devil Sells Prada
    NYTimes - Aug 19, 2007


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jeb Stuart Magruder.


1934 Birth Born on November 5, 1934.


1958 - 1959 2 More Events
1960 25 Years Old Magruder relocated his family to Kansas City when he was transferred for work. He became involved there as a campaign manager for the Republican Party during the 1960 election campaign, as chairman of an urban ward.
1962 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Magruder moved to Chicago for his MBA studies, and changed employers to the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Magruder's first major political job was managing the successful 1962 primary campaign of Donald Rumsfeld for the Republican nomination, preparing for the congressional election in the 13th district of Illinois, to the United States House of Representatives. … Read More
1963 28 Years Old Magruder became involved with the Illinois organization of the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign in late 1963, but became disillusioned with Goldwater's political views.


1966 31 Years Old 1 More Event
He then worked briefly as campaign manager for Richard Ogilvie's 1966 campaign for president of the Cook County Board of Supervisors.
1967 32 Years Old Magruder's next political involvement started in mid-1967, when he served as Southern California coordinator for the Richard Nixon presidential campaign, but left early in 1968 due to internal organizational problems.
1969 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Magruder entered partnership during early 1969 with two other entrepreneurs to start two new businesses, and became president and chief executive officer of these firms.
1971 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Magruder served in the White House until the spring of 1971, when he left to manage the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP), first as Director.
He then became Deputy Director and assistant to CRP Director and Attorney General of the United States John N. Mitchell as the campaign approached in early 1972. With much of Mitchell's time being occupied by a scandal involving the ITT Corporation and by the illness of his wife Martha, Magruder assumed more of the duties of managing the CREEP. The campaign to re-elect the President was extraordinarily successful, winning 49 of 50 states, losing only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia to Democrat George McGovern; the final tally of Nixon's victory was 520 to 17 electoral votes, the third largest Electoral College (United States) margin in history, behind Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1936 victory over Alf Landon, (523 to 8) and Ronald Reagan's 1984 victory over Walter Mondale (525-13).
In March, 1973, he began a job as Director of Policy Planning with the United States Department of Commerce, but had to resign it soon afterwards, since Watergate began to become increasingly publicized after disclosures of perjury which had occurred during the original Watergate trial, in a letter to the Washington Star from Watergate burglar James McCord. … Read More
On May 21, 1974, Magruder was sentenced by Judge John Sirica to ten months to four years for his role in the failed burglary of Watergate and the following cover-up. … Read More


1976 41 Years Old He also published "From Power to Peace" in 1976, about the reaffirmation of his Christian faith after the scandal.
1980 45 Years Old This version of events tallied more closely with Gordon Liddy's version as set out in his 1980 book Will. … Read More
1981 46 Years Old After the Watergate scandal, he ended his involvement with politics and business, earned a Master of Divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1981, and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. … Read More
1983 48 Years Old …  In May 1983, President Ronald Reagan turned down a request from Magruder for a presidential pardon.


1987 52 Years Old Magruder married Patricia Newton on February 28, 1987, in Columbus, Ohio. They were divorced in May, 2003.
1991 56 Years Old Magruder consented to interviews with authors Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin while the two were preparing work on their 1991 book Silent Coup: The Removal of a President (St. Martin's Press).


1995 60 Years Old In 1995, Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones reinstated Magruder's right to campaign for public office in the state.
In 2003, Magruder asserted in a PBS documentary called Watergate Plus 30: Shadow of History, and in an interview with the Associated Press, that Nixon knew about the Watergate burglary early in the process, and well before the scandal broke. … Read More
2007 72 Years Old On July 23, 2007, he was hospitalized after crashing his car into a motorcycle and a truck on State Route 315 in Columbus. … Read More
2008 73 Years Old Magruder pleaded guilty in January 2008 to a charge of reckless operation stemming from crashes with two vehicles in July. … Read More
2014 80 Years Old Jeb Stuart Magruder died on May 11, 2014 due to complications from a stroke.
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