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Bill Ruckelshaus
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1st and 5th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
In office
May 15, 1983 – February 7, 1985
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Anne Gorsuch Burford
Succeeded by Lee M. Thomas
In office
December 4, 1970 – April 30, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Russell E. Train
13th United States Deputy Attorney General
In office
July 9, 1973 – October 20, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Joseph Tyree Sneed III
Succeeded by Laurence Silberman
Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
In office
April 30, 1973 – July 9, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by L. Patrick Gray (acting)
Succeeded by Clarence M. Kelley
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division
In office
January 20, 1969 – December 4, 1970
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Edwin L. Weisl Jr.
Succeeded by L. Patrick Gray
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
November 9, 1966 – November 6, 1968
Preceded by Multi-member district
Succeeded by Multi-member district
Personal details
Born
William Doyle Ruckelshaus

(1932-07-24)July 24, 1932
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Died November 27, 2019(2019-11-27) (aged 87)
Medina, Washington, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Ellen Urban
(m. 1960; died 1961)

Jill Strickland (m. 1962)
Children 5
Relatives John C. Ruckelshaus (brother)
John Ruckelshaus (nephew)
Education Princeton University (BA)
Harvard University (LLB)
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015)
Seattle Aquarium Medal (2004)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1953–1955
Rank Sergeant

William Doyle Ruckelshaus (July 24, 1932 – November 27, 2019) was an American attorney and government official. He worked during the Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan presidencies. He was known for resigning under the Nixon administration after he refused to carryout Nixon's orders to fire key investigators of the Watergate Scandal.

Ruckelshaus was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied at Harvard University and at Princeton University.

He served as the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970, was subsequently acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and then Deputy Attorney General of the United States. During 1983 through 1985 he returned as EPA Administrator.

In 1968, he ran for the United States Senate in Indiana, but narrowly lost the election to Birch Bayh with 51.7% to 48.2%.

In November 2015, Ruckelshaus was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House.

Ruckelshaus died at his home in Medina, Washington on November 27, 2019 at the age of 87.

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