Government Officials

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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
(American Lawman and Gambler Best Known for His Involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral)
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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Dana Perino
(Political Commentator for Fox News and 26th White House Press Secretary (2007 - 2009))
Dana Perino
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Birthdate: May 9, 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
(4th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2011 - 2012))
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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Robert Mueller
(6th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (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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Stanislav Petrov
(Soviet Army Officer Who Played a Key Role in the 1983 Soviet Nuclear False Alarm Incident)
Stanislav Petrov
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Birthdate: September 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia
Died: May 19, 2017

Stanislav Petrov was a Russian military officer who played an important role in the Soviet nuclear false alarm incident of 1983. His actions during the Cold War in 1983 are said to have prevented a full-scale nuclear war that could have been disastrous for Soviet Union, the USA and its NATO allies.

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John F. Kelly
(28th White House Chief of Staff (2017 - 2019))
John F. Kelly
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Birthdate: May 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
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 Who was Known for His Role in the Watergate Scandal)
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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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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Robert Moses
(49th Secretary of State of New York (1927 - 1929))
Robert Moses
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Birthdate: December 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 29, 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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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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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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Pontius Pilatus
(The Governor of Judaea Who Ordered Jesus's Crucifixion)
Pontius Pilatus
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Birthplace: Abruzzo, Italy
Died: 0039 AD

The 5th governor or prefect of the Roman province Judaea, under Roman Emperor Tiberius, Pontius Pilatus is remembered as the one who officiated the trial of Jesus Christ and ordered his crucifixion. He apparently persecuted Jews and eventually killed himself on the orders of the new emperor Caligula.

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Witold Pilecki
(Polish World War II Cavalry Officer, Intelligence Agent and Resistance Leader)
Witold Pilecki
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Birthdate: May 13, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Olonets, Russia
Died: May 25, 1948

Known as prisoner number 4859 at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Witold Pilecki voluntarily got himself arrested to be sent to the camp, so that he could start an anti-Nazi resistance movement. He set up the underground campaign ZOW and was eventually able to escape. Nevertheless, he was executed by communists.

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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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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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Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
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Birthdate: June 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Babarap, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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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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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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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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G. Gordon Liddy
(FBI Agent Who was Convicted for His Role in the Watergate Scandal)
G. Gordon Liddy
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Birthdate: November 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 30, 2021
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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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Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
(British Army Officer and Colonial Administrator)
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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Bill Richardson
(Politician)
Bill Richardson
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Birthdate: November 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pasadena, California Pasadena, California, United States
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E. Howard Hunt
(American Intelligence Officer Who Served in the CIA)
E. Howard Hunt
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Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, New York, United States
Died: January 23, 2007

E. Howard Hunt was an American author and intelligence officer. He is best remembered for his service in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1949 to 1970, during which he served as an officer. E. Howard Hunt was part of the White House Special Investigations Unit during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

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Francis Walsingham
(Principal Secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England and Popularly Remembered as Her 'Spymaster')
Francis Walsingham
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Birthdate: 1532 AD
Birthplace: Chislehurst, Kent, England
Died: April 6, 1590

Remembered as the principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, Francis Walsingham had initially followed in his father’s footsteps to study law. He fled after Mary Tudor came to power and returned when Elizabeth took over the throne. He later employed spies to counter Catholic conspiracies such as the Throckmorton Plot.

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John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
(British Former First Lord of the Admiralty)
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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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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Konstantin Rokossovsky
(Soviet and Polish 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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Joycelyn Elders
(15th Surgeon General of the United States (1993 -1994))
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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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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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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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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Peter Stuyvesant
(Dutch Colonial Officer Who Served as the Last Dutch Director-General of the Colony of New Netherland)
Peter Stuyvesant
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Birthdate: 1610 AD
Birthplace: Peperga, Friesland, Netherlands
Died: July 31, 1672

Peter Stuyvesant was the last Dutch director-general of the New Netherland colony. After his right leg had to be amputated post an expedition, he wore a wooden leg. Though he tried his best to prevent the British occupation of the New Amsterdam (later New York), he was eventually forced to surrender.

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James Rubin
(American Former Diplomat, Journalist and Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (1997 - 2000))
James Rubin
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Birthdate: March 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Larchmont, New York, United States

Foreign affairs journalist and diplomat James Rubin was the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President Bill Clinton. He has also worked with Sky News, been a Sunday Times columnist, and taught at various universities. He was married to CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour for 2 decades, before they separated.

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Gifford Pinchot
(First Chief of the US Forest Service & Former Governor of Pennsylvania)
Gifford Pinchot
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Birthdate: August 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Simsbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: October 4, 1946

Gifford Pinchot was an American politician and forester. He is best remembered for his service as the first chief of the US Forest Service from February 1905 to January 1910. Gifford Pinchot also served as the Governor of Pennsylvania on two occasions; from 16 January 1923 to 18 January 1927 and again from 20 January 1931 to 15 January 1935.

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Stephanie Grisham
(White House Press Secretary)
Stephanie Grisham
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Arizona, United States

Stephanie Grisham is an American White House official. She served as White House communications director from 2019 to 2020 and as the 32nd White House press secretary. In 2020, Grisham started serving as Chief of Staff and Press Secretary for Melania Trump, the First Lady of the US. Grisham also played a major role in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

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Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk
(Senior government official who served as the minister of Finance of Germany from 1932 to 1945)
Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk
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Birthdate: August 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rathmannsdorf, Germany
Died: March 4, 1977
Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk was a German politician who served as Germany's Finance Minister from 1932 to 1945. Krosigk and his ministry were largely responsible for the persecution of European and German Jews. One of the most important members of the Nazi Party, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk was also among the few members of the Hitler cabinet.
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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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J. Edgar Hoover
(1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924 - 1972))
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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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
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Sean Spicer
(30th White House Press Secretary)
Sean Spicer
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Birthdate: September 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: 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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Betsy DeVos
(11th United States Secretary of Education (2017 - 2021))
Betsy DeVos
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Birthdate: January 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holland, Michigan, United States

Betsy DeVos, the current United States Secretary of Education, is famous for her support for school voucher programs, school choice, and charter schools. Also known for her philanthropy and activism, Betsy DeVos launched the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation donates to hospitals, arts organizations, health research, Christian schools, etc.

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
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Dean Rusk
(Politician)
Dean Rusk
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Birthdate: February 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cherokee County, Georgia, U.S.
Died: December 20, 1994
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Michael Scheuer
(Intelligence officer)
Michael Scheuer
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
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Florence Green
(Servicewoman)
Florence Green
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Birthdate: February 19, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edmonton, London Edmonton, County of London London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland UK
Died: February 4, 2012
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Linda Tripp
(Civil servant)
Linda Tripp
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Birthdate: November 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA