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Edwin Meese
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75th United States Attorney General
In office
February 25, 1985 – July 5, 1988
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by William French Smith
Succeeded by Dick Thornburgh
Personal details
Edwin Meese III

December 2, 1931 (1931-12-02) (age 89)
Oakland, California
Political party Republican
Alma mater Yale University
University of California-Berkeley
Military service
Branch/service United States Army
Rank Colonel

Edwin "Ed" Meese, III (born December 2, 1931) is an American attorney, law professor, and author.

Early life

Meese was born on December 2, 1931 in Oakland, California. He studied at Yale University and at the University of California-Berkeley.


He served under Ronald Reagan's administration back when Reagan was Governor (1967–1974), the Reagan Presidential Transition Team (1980), and under Reagan's presidential administration (1981–1985). Meese was the 75th Attorney General of the United States (1985–1988), a position from which he resigned while serving in office under investigation from a special prosecutor.


On October 8, 2019, president Donald Trump presented Meese the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.


  • Judicial Tyranny: The New Kings of America? - contributing author (Amerisearch, 2005) ISBN: 0-9753455-6-7
  • The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, ISBN: 1-59698-001-X
  • With Reagan, 1992, Regnery Gateway, 0-89526-522-2

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