Donald Rumsfeld

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Donald Rumsfeld
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21st United States Secretary of Defense
In office
January 20, 2001 – December 18, 2006
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
DeputyPaul Wolfowitz (2001-2005)
Gordon R. England (2005-2007)
Preceded byWilliam Cohen
Succeeded byRobert Gates
13th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
November 20, 1975 – January 20, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
DeputyBill Clements
Preceded byJames R. Schlesinger
Succeeded byHarold Brown
6th White House Chief of Staff
In office
September 1974 – November 20, 1975
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byAlexander Haig
Succeeded byDick Cheney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th Congressional district
In office
January 3, 1963 – March 20, 1969
Preceded byMarguerite S. Church
Succeeded byPhil Crane
Personal details
Born (1932-07-09) July 9, 1932 (age 86)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joyce H. Pierson
ChildrenValerie J. Rumsfeld Richard
Marcy K. Rumsfeld Walczak
Donald Nicholas Rumsfeld
Alma materPrinceton University
Georgetown University Law Center
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
RankCaptain

Donald Hebb Rumsfeld (born 9 July 1932) is a United States businessman and politician. Rumsfeld was the 13th United States Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, and the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. He is both the youngest (43 years old) and the oldest (74 years old) person to have held the position, as well as the only person to have held the position for two non-consecutive terms. Rumsfeld is also the second longest serving Secretary of Defense, behind Robert McNamara.