Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General

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William Ramsey Clark

Birthplace: Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, United States
Death: April 09, 2021 (93)
Nova York, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Tom C. Clark, U.S. Attorney General, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and Mary Jane Ramsey
Husband of Georgia Clark
Father of Thomas Campbell Clark, II and Private
Brother of Thomas Campbell Clark, Jr.

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About Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General


William Ramsey Clark (December 18, 1927 – April 9, 2021) was an American lawyer, activist and federal government official. A progressive, New Frontier liberal, he occupied senior positions in the United States Department of Justice under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, notably serving as United States Attorney General from 1967 to 1969; previously he was Deputy Attorney General from 1965 to 1967 and Assistant Attorney General from 1961 to 1965.

As attorney general, he was known for his vigorous opposition to the death penalty, his aggressive support of civil liberties and civil rights, and his dedication in enforcing antitrust provisions. Clark supervised the drafting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1968. After leaving public office, Clark led many progressive activism campaigns, including opposition to the War on Terror. He offered advice or legal defense to figures such as Charles Taylor, Slobodan Milošević, Saddam Hussein, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and Lyndon LaRouche.

Clark was the last surviving member of the Cabinet of Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General's Timeline

December 18, 1927
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, United States
April 9, 2021
Age 93
Nova York, NY, United States