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Donald Rumsfeld
21st United States Secretary of Defense
In office
January 20, 2001 – December 18, 2006
President George W. Bush
Deputy Paul Wolfowitz (2001-2005)
Gordon R. England (2005-2007)
Preceded by William Cohen
Succeeded by Robert Gates
13th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
November 20, 1975 – January 20, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Deputy Bill Clements
Preceded by James R. Schlesinger
Succeeded by Harold Brown
6th White House Chief of Staff
In office
September 1974 – November 20, 1975
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Alexander Haig
Succeeded by Dick Cheney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th Congressional district
In office
January 3, 1963 – March 20, 1969
Preceded by Marguerite S. Church
Succeeded by Phil Crane
Personal details
Born (1932-07-09)July 9, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died June 29, 2021(2021-06-29) (aged 88)
Taos, New Mexico, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joyce H. Pierson
Children Valerie J. Rumsfeld Richard
Marcy K. Rumsfeld Walczak
Donald Nicholas Rumsfeld
Alma mater Princeton University
Georgetown University Law Center
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Rank Captain

Donald Hebb Rumsfeld (July 9, 1932 – June 29, 2021) was a United States businessman and politician. Rumsfeld was the 13th United States Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, and the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006.

He was both the youngest (43 years old) and the oldest (74 years old) person to have held the position, as well as the only person to have held the position for two non-consecutive terms. Rumsfeld was also the second-longest serving Secretary of Defense, behind Robert McNamara.

Rumsfeld was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois between 1963 until 1969. He was also the Ambassador to NATO from 1973 until 1974. He was also the White House Chief of Staff from 1974 until 1975 during the Gerald Ford presidency.

He ran for President of the United States in the 1988 election, but withdrew before any primary contests were held. He thought about running again in the 1996 election, but did not run and helped Bob Dole's campaign.

Rumsfeld died of multiple myeloma at his ranch in Taos, New Mexico on June 29, 2021 at the age of 88.

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