Government Officials

Government officials are the interface between the government and the people. They are pivotal in providing relief and succour to the general public in times of need. Here is a list of famous government officials who distinguished themselves by going beyond their call of duty.

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Wyatt Earp
(Law enforcement officer)

Wyatt Earp
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Birthdate: March 19, 1848
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monmouth, Illinois, United States
Died: January 13, 1929

A policeman and a gunfighter, Wyatt Earp is most known for his role in one of the most famous gunfights in the American West history - the Gunfight at O.K. Corral against a group of cowboys. The incident inspired numerous films and books that elevated his heroic status. During his life, he also worked as a truck driver and saloonkeeper. 

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Robert Mueller
(Director of FBI (2001-2013))

Robert Mueller
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Birthdate: August 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Republican attorney Robert Mueller served as the sixth and the second-longest-serving FBI director, from 2001 to 2013. He was also the special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. His service in the Vietnam War earned him the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star.

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Dana Perino
(Political commentator)

Dana Perino
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Birthdate: August 7, 1944, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Evanston, Wyoming, United States
Dana Perino, co-host of the Fox News show The Five, served as the White House Press Secretary, under President George W. Bush, from 2007 to 2009. She was nominated by Barack Obama to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, has worked as a publishing executive, and has taught part-time.
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David Petraeus
(Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2011-12))

David Petraeus
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Birthdate: November 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, United States
David Petraeus was the director of the CIA from 2011 till his resignation in 2012 due to his extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. He was also charged with mishandling classified information. He had previously been the commander of U.S. Central Command and of the International Security Assistance Force
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Kaitlan Collins
(Journalist)

Kaitlan Collins
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Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alabama, United States

Kaitlan Collins is one of the most popular and influential American journalists of the current generation. As a White House correspondent for CNN, Collins traveled to at least six different countries with Donald Trump. She made headlines when she questioned Trump about Vladimir Putin, for which she was forbidden from attending a Trump administration press conference in 2018.

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H. R. McMaster
(25th United States National Security Advisor (Feb 2017 - Apr 2018))

H. R. McMaster
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Birthdate: July 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Herbert Raymond McMaster is a former U.S. army lieutenant general and has previously also been the U.S. national security advisor. He is renowned for his participation in the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He now teaches at Stanford and has authored the book Dereliction of Duty.
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Steve Murphy
(Retired federal agent known for ex-DEA agent responsible for apprehending Pablo Escobar)

Steve Murphy
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Tennessee, United States
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James Brady
(White House Press Secretary)

James Brady
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Birthdate: August 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Centralia, Illinois, USA
Died: August 4, 2014
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 9 
Millvina Dean
(Cartographer)

Millvina Dean
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Birthdate: February 2, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: May 31, 2009

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Melvin Purvis
(FBI agent)

Melvin Purvis
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Birthdate: October 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA
Died: February 29, 1960
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Javier Peña
(Deputy Sheriff)

Javier Peña
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Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Kingsville, Texas, United States

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Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
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Birthdate: June 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Babarap, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Tony Mendez
(CIA Officer)

Tony Mendez
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Birthdate: November 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eureka, Nevada, United States
Died: January 19, 2019

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Raghuram Rajan
(Economist, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (2013-16))

Raghuram Rajan
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Birthdate: February 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Raghuram Rajan is an Indian economist who served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 2013 to 2016. He also served as the 15th Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. For his significant contribution in the field of economics, Raghuram Rajan was honored with the Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance Association in 2003.

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Chiune Sugihara
(Diplomat)

Chiune Sugihara
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Birthdate: January 1, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kozuchi Town (now Mino, Gifu Prefecture), Japan
Died: July 31, 1986

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat best remembered for helping thousands of Jews flee Europe during the Second World War. He did so by issuing transit visas to the Jews, enabling them to travel through Japanese territory. Sugihara helped the Jews despite knowing that he was risking the lives of his family and his job. 

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Scooter Libby
(Government Official)

Scooter Libby
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Birthdate: August 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: ew Haven, Connecticut, United States
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Alexander Haig
(United States Secretary of State (1981-82))

Alexander Haig
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Birthdate: December 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 20, 2010

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Robert Moses
(Architect, Urban planner)

Robert Moses
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Birthdate: December 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 2, 1981

Robert Moses was an American public official. Often referred to as the master builder, Moses is credited with influencing the creation of the modern suburbs of Long Island, which in turn influenced a generation of urban planners, architects, and engineers. Robert Moses is widely regarded as one of the most polarizing personalities in urban development history in the US.

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Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
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Birthdate: June 24, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ballylongford, Ireland
Died: June 5, 1916

Horatio Herbert Kitchener is remembered for his military acumen and for his large-scale organization of troops during World War I. He had served the Egyptian army and the British army in South Africa, and was the commander-in-chief in India. He died aboard the HMS Hampshire when the cruiser drowned.

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Andrew McCabe
(Attorney, Former FBI Deputy Director)

Andrew McCabe
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Birthdate: March 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.

Andrew McCabe is an American attorney. After joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1996 as a special agent, McCabe went on to serve as FBI's deputy director from 2016 to 2018. He also served as FBI's acting director for a brief period of time in 2017 following the dismissal of former Director, James Comey, by President Donald Trump.

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Joycelyn Elders
(Pediatrician)

Joycelyn Elders
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Birthdate: August 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schaal, Arkansas, United States

The second female U.S. surgeon general, Joycelyn Elders is a renowned pediatrician and one of the first Black women to reach the pinnacle of the medical field in the U.S. She has been dragged into multiple controversies, one of them being a result of her support for sex education and masturbation.

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H. R. Haldeman
(Government Official)

H. R. Haldeman
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Birthdate: October 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 12, 1993
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Stamford Raffles
(Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen (1818-24))

Stamford Raffles
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Birthdate: July 5, 1781
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Morant, Jamaica
Died: July 5, 1826

Stamford Raffles was a British statesman who served as the Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies from 1811 to 1816. From 1818 to 1824, he served as the Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen. Raffles is best remembered for founding the Straits Settlements and modern Singapore. He also played a major role in the invasion of Java in 1811 during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Konstantin Rokossovsky
(Military officer)

Konstantin Rokossovsky
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Birthdate: December 1, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 3, 1968

Konstantin Rokossovsky was a Soviet and Polish officer. One of the most important Red Army commanders during the Second World War, Rokossovsky also served as Poland's Defence Minister from 1949 to 1956. He also served as the Marshal of Poland and as the Marshal of the Soviet Union.

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Jennifer Gibney
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Birthdate: July 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

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Bill Richardson
(Politician)

Bill Richardson
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Birthdate: November 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pasadena, California Pasadena, California, United States

John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich
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Birthdate: November 13, 1718
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Died: April 30, 1792

At age 10, John Montagu succeeded his grandfather, Edward Montagu, as the earl of Sandwich. The Eton- and Cambridge-educated statesman had held several important positions, such as the First Lord of the Admiralty. While gambling, he would often have bread and meat, leading to the delicacy being named “sandwich.”

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E. Howard Hunt
(Author, Intelligence officer)

E. Howard Hunt
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Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, New York, United States
Died: January 23, 2007
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Louis J. Freeh
(Former Judge and 5th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1993 - 2001))

Louis J. Freeh
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Birthdate: January 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

Louis Freeh is an American attorney. From 1991 to 1993, he served as the judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. He started his career as an FBI agent and went on to serve as the director of the FBI from 1993 to 2001. He currently works as a consultant in the private sector.

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Michaëlle Jean
(Governor General of Canada (2005-10))

Michaëlle Jean
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Birthdate: September 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Michaëlle Jean is a Canadian stateswoman who became the first black person and Haitian Canadian to serve as Governor General of Canada, a position which she held from 2005 to 2010. In 2015, Jean became the first woman to serve as the secretary-general of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, a position which she held until the end of 2018.

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Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda
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Birthdate: November 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rybinsk, Russia
Died: March 15, 1938

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Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha
(Government Official)

Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha
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Birthdate: 1493 AD
Birthplace: Parga, Greece
Died: March 15, 1536
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Maxwell D. Taylor
(Military officer)

Maxwell D. Taylor
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Birthdate: August 26, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keytesville, Missouri, United States
Died: April 19, 1987

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William Colby
(Intelligence officer)

William Colby
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Birthdate: January 4, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota, United States U.S.
Died: April 27, 1996

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Pontius Pilatus
(Official)

Pontius Pilatus
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Abruzzo, Italy
Died: 0039 AD

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George Everest
(Geographer)

George Everest
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Birthdate: July 4, 1790
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 1, 1866

George Everest was a British geographer and surveyor. From 1830 to 1843, he served as Surveyor General of India. His work and contributions were honored by naming Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, after him.

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Richard A. Clarke
(Government official)

Richard A. Clarke
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Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

James Andrew Broun Ramsay, marquess and 10th earl of Dalhousie
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Birthdate: April 22, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dalhousie Castle, Scotland
Died: December 19, 1860

 39 
Michael Scheuer
(Intelligence officer)

Michael Scheuer
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

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Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi
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Birthdate: April 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya
Died: May 20, 2012

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John F. Kelly
(Former White House Chief of Staff)

John F. Kelly
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Birthdate: May 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
John F. Kelly served as the White House Chief of Staff from 2017 to 2019, and as the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2017. He is part of the board of Caliburn International. The former U.S. Marine Corps general has also won awards such as the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

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Mark Felt
(2nd Associate Director of the FBI (1972-73))

Mark Felt
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Birthdate: August 17, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Twin Falls, Idaho, United States
Died: December 18, 2008

Mark Felt served as the FBI associate director from 1972 to 1973. He was widely suspected of being Deep Throat, the anonymous source who provided The Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein vital information regarding the Watergate scandal, and eventually owned up a few years before his death.

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Archibald Cox
(Former Solicitor General of the United States)

Archibald Cox
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Birthdate: May 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, USA
Died: May 29, 2004

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Brent Scowcroft
(Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board)

Brent Scowcroft
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Birthdate: March 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States
Died: August 6, 2020

 45 
J. Edgar Hoover
(First Director of FBI)

J. Edgar Hoover
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Birthdate: January 1, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: May 2, 1972

J. Edgar Hoover was a law enforcement administrator who played a key role in founding the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He remained FBI's director until his death in 1972 and has been credited with instituting many modernizations to police technology, thereby helping FBI become an efficient crime-fighting agency. Hoover was one of the most influential personalities in the USA.

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Sean Spicer
(Former White House Press Secretary)

Sean Spicer
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Birthdate: September 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York, United States

Sean Spicer is an American political aide. In 2017, Spicer served as the White House Communications Director and as White House Press Secretary under President Donald Trump. He also served as the Republican National Committee's chief strategist between 2015 and 2017. His press conferences have been satirized on Saturday Night Live.

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Boxcar Willie
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Birthdate: September 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ellis County, Texas, U.S.
Died: April 12, 1999

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Richard Helms
(Government official)

Richard Helms
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Birthdate: March 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: nowrap St. Davids, Pennsylvania St. Davids, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: October 22, 2002

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Donald Rumsfeld
(13th and 21st United States Secretary of Defense (1975-77 & 2001-06))

Donald Rumsfeld
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Birthdate: July 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: June 29, 2021
Donald Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defence under Gerald Ford, and George W. Bush. He was both the youngest and the oldest secretary of defence. Rumsfeld worked as U.S. Ambassador to NATO, White House Chief of Staff, U.S. Congressman, and CEO of two companies. He played a central role in the American invasion of Afghanistan and invasion of Iraq.

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Markus Wolf
(Intelligence officer)

Markus Wolf
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Birthdate: January 19, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hechingen, Germany
Died: November 9, 2006