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Fred Thompson
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United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
December 2, 1994 – January 3, 2003
Served alongside: Jim Sasser, Bill Frist
Preceded by Harlan Mathews
Succeeded by Lamar Alexander
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
In office
January 7, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Ted Stevens
Succeeded by Joe Lieberman
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2001
Preceded by Joe Lieberman
Succeeded by Joe Lieberman
Personal details
Born (1942-09-19)September 19, 1942
Sheffield, Alabama, U.S.
Died November 1, 2015(2015-11-01) (aged 73)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey (Knestrick), 1959–1985; divorced
Jeri Kehn, 2002–2015
Alma mater Memphis State University, Vanderbilt University
Profession Senator, actor, attorney, lobbyist, public speaker, radio personality

Fred Dalton Thompson (Freddie Dalton Thompson; September 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician, actor, attorney, and lobbyist.

Thompson became famous during the 1970s during the Watergate Scandal because he discovered the Watergate tapes which would lead to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.

He starred on Law & Order as Arthur Branch, the District Attorney of New York. He quit the show to run as the Republican candidate for the United States presidency in 2008, but he did not become the candidate. He was also the host of The Fred Thompson Show, one of Westwood One's most popular talk shows.

On November 1, 2015, Thompson died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), a form of cancer, at the age of 73 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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