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Caspar Weinberger
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15th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
January 21, 1981 – November 23, 1987
PresidentRonald Reagan
DeputyFrank Carlucci (1981–1983)
W. Paul Thayer (1983–1984)
William Howard Taft IV (1984–1987)
Preceded byHarold Brown
Succeeded byFrank Carlucci
10th United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
In office
February 12, 1973 – August 8, 1975
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded byElliot Richardson
Succeeded byForrest David Mathews
20th Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
June 12, 1972 – February 1, 1973
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byGeorge P. Shultz
Succeeded byRoy Ash
42nd Chairman, United States Federal Trade Commission
In office
December 31, 1969 – August 6, 1970
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byPaul Rand Dixon
Succeeded byMiles W. Kirkpatrick
Personal details
Born
Caspar Willard Weinberger

August 18, 1917(1917-08-18)
San Francisco, California, USA
DiedMarch 28, 2006(2006-03-28) (aged 88)
Bangor, Maine, USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jane Weinberger
(1942-2006; his death; 2 children)
Alma materHarvard College (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
ProfessionAttorney
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1941 - 1945
RankCaptain
Unit41st Infantry Division
Battles/warsWorld War II

Caspar Willard "Cap" Weinberger, GBE (August 18, 1917 – March 28, 2006), was an American politician and businessman. As a prominent Republican[1] he served in a variety of prominent state and federal positions for three decades, including Chairman of the California Republican Party, 1962-68. Most notably he was appointed Secretary of Defense under Republican President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1987. [2]

He was awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1987 and an honorary British knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

Weinberger was born in San Francisco, California on August 18, 1917. He studied at Harvard College and at Harvard Law School. Weinberger married Jane Weinberger in 1942. Their marriage would last until Weinberger's death. They had two children.

Weinberger was treated for and died from complications of pneumonia at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, aged 88.

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