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Melvin Laird
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10th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
January 21, 1969 – January 29, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Clark Clifford
Succeeded by Elliot Richardson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 21, 1969
Preceded by Reid Murray
Succeeded by Dave Obey
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Melvin Robert Laird

(1922-09-01)September 1, 1922
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Died November 16, 2016(2016-11-16) (aged 94)
Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara Masters (1942–1992)
Carole Fleishman (1993–2016)
Children John
Alma mater Carleton College
Awards Purple Heart
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1942–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Melvin Robert "Bom" Laird (September 1, 1922 – November 16, 2016) was an American politician and writer. He was a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin before serving as Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1973 under President Richard Nixon.

Laird died from complications of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Fort Myers, Florida on November 16, 2016, aged 94.

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