The Man Behind The Men: Alexander Haig, 1924-2010

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February 20, 2010: Former Army General, White House Chief of Staff, and Secretary of State Alexander Haig dies at 85. Haig served as President Nixon’s Chief of Staff beginning in May 1973, amid the Watergate Scandal. He was later tapped by President Reagan for Secretary of State in 1981, before making a failed bid for the Republican nomination for President in 1988.

Here, President Nixon and Haig stroll on the White House grounds on October 12, 1973.

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December 14, 1972: Nixon, Haig, and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger meet in the Oval Office.

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July 7, 1973: Melvin Laird, Counselor to the President for Domestic Affairs, Nixon, and Haig chat in the Rose Garden.

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December 22, 1973: Nixon hosts a dinner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From left: Haig; Nixon; Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; General George S. Brown; General Creighton W. Abrams; and Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger.

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May 31, 1974: Nixon and Kissinger walk along the colonnade from the Residence to the Oval Office, followed by Haig, Major General Brent Scowcroft, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and others.

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September 1, 1977: Haig meets with NATO soldiers during the Arrow Express Exercise in Denmark. He served as NATO commander from 1974-79.

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April 16, 1981: President Ronald Reagan meets with NATO Secretary Joseph M.A.H. Luns, Richard Allen, Vice President George H.W. Bush, and Haig, then Secretary of State, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House.

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February 4, 1981: President Reagan poses with his Cabinet for a class photo. Haig sits to his right.

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June 1982: President Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Alexander Haig, and Francis Pym British Foreign Minister, pose at Number 10 Downing Street, where they met for a working breakfast.

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