Fred Buzhardt replaced John W. Dean on May 10, 1973, as Counsel to the President. The files identified with Buzhardt's name
are actually materials that were brought forward for his use. Many of the documents were created or received by John Dean
and concerned the various activities of the Counsel to the President.
Joseph Fred Buzhardt, Jr. was born February 21, 1924 in Greenwood, South Carolina. He attended Wolford College in Spartanburg,
South Carolina before being appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he became a member of the
Class of 1946 on July 1, 1943. He completed Air Cadet training and graduated with a B.S. degree from West Point as a 2nd Lieutenant
in the United States Army Air Corps. While on graduation leave, Buzhardt married Imogene Sanders on June 14, 1946. He then
served at McChord Air Force Base in Washington and in Japan before resigning his commission in 1950.
Buzhardt returned to school after leaving the military and received his LLB law degree at the University of South Carolina,
Columbia in 1952. He then practiced in his father’s law firm in McCormich, South Carolina until he became a legislative aide
to United States Senator Strom Thurmond in 1958. Buzhardt specialized in military affairs and remained on the Senator’s staff
until returning to private practice in 1966.
In 1969, Buzhardt was appointed Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense and was Special Assistant to the Chairman
of the Blue Ribbon Defense Panel in 1969-70. He was then appointed General Counsel for the Department of Defense in 1970.
On May 10, 1973, Buzhardt was appointed White House Counsel for matters pertaining to the Watergate investigation. He resigned
from the position on August 16, 1974 but briefly remained in Washington, DC in order to assist with Gerald Ford’s transition
to President. Afterwards, he returned to private legal practice as counsel to the Dowling, Sanders, Dukes, Novit and Svalina
law firm in Beaufort, South Carolina. J. Fred Buzhardt died of a heart attack in Hilton Head, South Carolina on December
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