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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 1 Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp
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Famous As: Law enforcement officer
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. 

 2 Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: May 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fürth, Germany

Henry Kissinger's heart-warming story of a Jewish who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 to become an influential politician in the USA is truly inspirational. As a National Security Advisor and US Secretary of State, Henry played a key role in the US foreign policy from 1969 to 1977. Henry Kissinger is also criticized by some as an alleged war criminal.

 3 Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller
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Famous As: Director of FBI (2001-2013)
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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 4 Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice
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Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

The 66th United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made history in 2005 when she became the first female black Secretary of State. She is also the first female to serve as National Security Advisor, a position which she served from 2001 to 2005. One of the most powerful women in the world at one point of time, she has been depicted in Hollywood films.

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 5 Dana Perino

Dana Perino
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Famous As: Political commentator
Birthdate: April 30, 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.

 6 Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Jerry Brown has been both the 34th and the 39th governor of California, from 1975 to 1983 and 2011 to 2019, respectively, making him the oldest and the sixth-youngest California governor, between the two terms. He has also been the Oakland mayor, an attorney general, and a secretary of state.
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 7 Kaitlan Collins

Kaitlan Collins
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Famous As: Journalist
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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 8 Mark Felt

Mark Felt
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Famous As: FBI Agent
Birthdate: August 17, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Twin Falls, Idaho
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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 9 Susan Rice

Susan Rice
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Famous As: Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Birthdate: November 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Susan Rice has been the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and the national security advisor. She was chosen by Joe Biden as the director of the Domestic Policy Council. Rice was supposed to become the secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton in 2013, but withdrew due to the Benghazi attack.

 10 John F. Kelly

John F. Kelly
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Famous As: Former White House Chief of Staff
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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 11 Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell
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Famous As: Security Guard
Birthdate: December 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Danville, Georgia, United States
Died: August 29, 2007

Security guard and law enforcement officer, Richard A. Jewell, came to limelight for alerting the police prior to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996. Initially hailed as a hero, he later became a suspect in the case. His name was cleared after Eric Rudolph eventually confessed to that bombing. Jewell died of severe illness in 2007.  

 12 Alois Hitler

Alois Hitler
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Famous As: Adolf Hitler's Father
Birthdate: June 7, 1837
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Döllersheim, Austria
Died: January 3, 1903

Alois Hitler was an Austrian civil servant and father of Adolf Hitler. Alois Hitler became popular after his infamous son started hogging the limelight; he has been depicted in a couple of TV series, such as Hitler: The Rise of Evil and Tales of the Unexpected.

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 13 H. R. McMaster

H. R. McMaster
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Famous As: Former US National Security Advisor
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.

 14 James Brady

James Brady
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Famous As: White House Press Secretary
Birthdate: August 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Centralia, Illinois, USA
Died: August 4, 2014
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 15 Millvina Dean

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

 16 Javier Peña

Javier Peña
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Famous As: Deputy Sheriff
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Kingsville, Texas, United States
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 17 Melvin Purvis

Melvin Purvis
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Famous As: FBI agent
Birthdate: October 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA
Died: February 29, 1960

 18 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Babarap, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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 19 Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy
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Famous As: Civil Servant, Law Enforcement Consultant
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Tennessee, United States

 20 Scooter Libby

Scooter Libby
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Famous As: Government Official
Birthdate: August 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: ew Haven, Connecticut, United States
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 21 Chiune Sugihara

Chiune Sugihara
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Famous As: Diplomat
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. 

 22 H. R. Haldeman

H. R. Haldeman
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Famous As: Government Official
Birthdate: October 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 12, 1993
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 23 Joycelyn Elders

Joycelyn Elders
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Famous As: Pediatrician
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.

 24 Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe
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Famous As: Attorney, Former FBI Deputy Director
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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 25 Lester Garfield Maddox

Lester Garfield Maddox
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 30, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: June 25, 2003

 26 John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 15, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Iona Station, Canada
Died: April 29, 2006

John Kenneth Galbraith was an intellectual, diplomat, economist, and public official. One of the most influential exponents of 20th-century American liberalism, Galbraith published many books concerning the American economy. Galbraith is one of the few individuals to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Medal of Freedom. He also received 50 honorary degrees from various institutions.

 27 Stamford Raffles

Stamford Raffles
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Famous As: Former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Birthdate: July 6, 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.

 28 Jennifer Gibney

Jennifer Gibney
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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 29 Bill Richardson

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

 30 Louis J. Freeh

Louis J. Freeh
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Famous As: Former Director of the FBI
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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 31 Ramsey Clark

Ramsey Clark
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Famous As: American lawyer
Birthdate: December 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, US

Ramsey Clark was an American activist, lawyer, and federal government official. From 1967 to 1969, he served as US Attorney General under the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Ramsey Clark is remembered for heading several progressive activism campaigns and opposing the U.S. War on Terror, labeling it as a war against Islam. In 1992, he won the Gandhi Peace Award.

 32 Caspar Weinberger

Caspar Weinberger
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: March 28, 2006
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 33 Richard A. Clarke

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

 34 Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha

Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha
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Famous As: Government Official
Birthdate: 1493 AD
Birthplace: Parga, Greece
Died: March 15, 1536

 35 John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich

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

 36 William Colby

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

 37 Rosa DeLauro

Rosa DeLauro
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

 38 Brian Sandoval

Brian Sandoval
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Redding, California, United States

 39 George Everest

George Everest
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Famous As: Geographer
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.

 40 Georges-Eugène Haussmann

Georges-Eugène Haussmann
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Famous As: Official
Birthdate: March 27, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 11, 1891

 41 Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer
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Famous As: Intelligence officer
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 42 James Andrew Broun Ramsay, marquess and 10th earl of Dalhousie

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

 43 Maxwell D. Taylor

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

 44 Archibald Cox

Archibald Cox
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Famous As: Former Solicitor General of the United States
Birthdate: May 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, USA
Died: May 29, 2004

 45 Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi

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

 46 Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis

Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis
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Famous As: Governor General
Birthdate: December 10, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 16, 1969

 47 Yashwant Sinha

Yashwant Sinha
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Famous As: Former Minister of Finance of India
Birthdate: November 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Patna, India

 48 Pontius Pilatus

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

 49 Al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf

Al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf
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Famous As: Governor
Birthdate: 0661 AD
Birthplace: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0714 AD

 50 J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover
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Famous As: First Director of FBI
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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