Clark M. Clifford Quotes

In the White House there is always struggle and contention.




Clark M. Clifford, 1906-1998, U. S. Secretary of Defense (Democrat), Special Counsel to the President, PBS interview with Bill Moyers, 1981

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Clark M. Clifford
Clark M. Clifford
  • Born: December 25, 1906
  • Died: October 10, 1998
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

Clark McAdams Clifford was an American lawyer who served as an important political adviser to Democratic presidents Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. His official government positions were White House Counsel (1946–1950), Chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board (1963–1968), and Secretary of Defense (1968–1969); Clifford was also influential in his role as an unofficial, informal presidential adviser in various issues. A successful Washington lawyer, he was known for his elite clientele, charming manners, and impeccable suits.

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