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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 in 1939.


1958 19 Years Old He graduated from Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Ziegler first attended Xavier University in Cincinnati. He transferred to the University of Southern California in 1958 and graduated in 1961 with a degree in government and politics. … Read More


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 for the Nixon administration 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," but within two years Nixon had resigned under threat of impeachment. Some of Ziegler's public statements from this period reflect an ostensible commitment to democratic civics which in hindsight was not borne out by the facts. For example, in 1970 CIA security adviser Dan Mitrione, whose later reputation as the promoter of torture techniques became substantiated, was assassinated in Uruguay. … Read More
1974 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974 he 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, Virgina. … Read More


1995 56 Years Old Ziegler is portrayed in the 1995 Oliver Stone film Nixon by David Paymer.


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 resigned in protest at President Ford's pardon of Nixon.
2003 64 Years Old Died in 2003.
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