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L. Patrick Gray
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Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
In office
May 3, 1972 – April 27, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Clyde Tolson (acting)
Succeeded by William Ruckelshaus (acting)
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division
In office
1970–1972
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by William Ruckelshaus
Succeeded by Harlington Wood Jr.
Personal details
Born
Louis Patrick Gray III

(1916-07-18)July 18, 1916
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died July 6, 2005(2005-07-06) (aged 88)
Atlantic Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Beatrice Gray
Education Rice University
United States Naval Academy (BA)
George Washington University (JD)

Louis Patrick Gray III (July 18, 1916 – July 6, 2005) was Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from May 2, 1972 to April 27, 1973. He was in charge of the initial investigation into the burglaries that sparked the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to the resignation of President Nixon.

Gray was nominated as permanent Director by Nixon on February 15, 1973, but failed to win Senate confirmation. He resigned as Acting FBI director on April 27, 1973, after he admitted to destroying documents from Watergate.

Gray remained publicly silent about the Watergate scandal for 32 years, speaking to the press only once, near the end of his life.

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