Ron Ziegler

White House Press Secretary
Born May 12, 1939

Ronald Louis "Ron" Ziegler was White House Press Secretary and Assistant to the President during United States President Richard Nixon's administration.

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1939 Birth Born on May 12, 1939.


1953 14 Years Old Ziegler attended Concordia Lutheran School and graduated the 8th grade in 1953. … Read More
1958 19 Years Old He transferred to the University of Southern California in 1958 and graduated in 1961 with a degree in government and politics. … Read More


1961 22 Years Old In 1961 he married Nancy Plessinger, with whom he had two children, Cindy and Laurie.
1962 23 Years Old He worked at Disneyland as a skipper on the popular Adventureland attraction, The Jungle Cruise. He later worked as a press aide on Nixon's unsuccessful California gubernatorial campaign in 1962. … Read More


1969 30 Years Old In 1969, when he was just 29, Ziegler became the youngest White House Press Secretary in history.
1970 31 Years Old He was also the first Press Secretary to use the White House Press Briefing Room when it was completed in 1970. … Read More
1972 33 Years Old He was the White House press secretary during the political scandal known as Watergate. In 1972, he dismissed the first report of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel as the discussion of a "third rate burglary", and repeatedly dismissed the reports by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in The Washington Post, but within two years Nixon had resigned under threat of impeachment. … Read More
1973 34 Years Old During a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention on August 20, 1973, Nixon was photographed angrily pushing Ziegler towards a crowd of reporters. … Read More
1974 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974 Ziegler became Assistant to the President. … Read More
1976 37 Years Old Ziegler appears in the 1976 film All the President's Men as himself in archival news footage.


1988 49 Years Old In 1988, Ziegler became president and chief executive of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, living in Alexandria, Virginia. … Read More


1995 56 Years Old He is portrayed in the 1995 Oliver Stone film Nixon by David Paymer. … Read More


1999 60 Years Old On November 12, 1999, Ziegler was due to participate by telephone in a television panel discussion that included several former Nixon and Ford aides, including his successor as White House Press Secretary, Jerald terHorst, who had resigned in protest at President Ford's pardon of Nixon. … Read More
2003 64 Years Old Died on February 10, 2003.
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