L. Patrick Gray

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L. Patrick Gray
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Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
In office
May 3, 1972 – April 27, 1973
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byClyde Tolson (acting)[1]
Succeeded byWilliam Ruckelshaus (acting)
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division
In office
1970–1972
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byWilliam Ruckelshaus
Succeeded byHarlington Wood Jr.
Personal details
Born
Louis Patrick Gray III

(1916-07-18)July 18, 1916
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJuly 6, 2005(2005-07-06) (aged 88)
Atlantic Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican[2]
Spouse(s)Beatrice Gray
EducationRice University
United States Naval Academy (BA)
George Washington University (JD)

Louis Patrick Gray III (July 18, 1916 – July 6, 2005) was Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from May 2, 1972 to April 27, 1973. He was in charge of the initial investigation into the burglaries that sparked the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to the resignation of President Nixon.

Gray was nominated as permanent Director by Nixon on February 15, 1973, but failed to win Senate confirmation. He resigned as Acting FBI director on April 27, 1973, after he admitted to destroying documents from Watergate.[3]

Gray remained publicly silent about the Watergate scandal for 32 years, speaking to the press only once, near the end of his life.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kessler, Ronald (2003). The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI. Macmillan. p. 29. ISBN 0-312-98977-6.
  2. Gray, L. Patrick (March 3, 2009). In Nixon's Web: A Year in the Crosshairs of Watergate. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0805089189. He [L. Patrick Gray III] was a lifelong Republican, but Richard Nixon considered him a threat
  3. Page 3 of 3 (June 26, 2005). "Page 3: 'Deep Throat's' Ex-Boss Shocked by Revelation - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012.