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Leonard Garment Papers, White House Central Files, 1969-1974
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The office files of Leonard Garment reflect his responsibilities as a Special Consultant to the President concerned with domestic issues in the areas of civil and human rights, Native American affairs, plans for the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration, cultural affairs (including both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities), and voluntary action. In addition, this file series contains documents related to Garment’s role as Acting Counsel to the President during the Watergate crisis following John W. Dean III’s resignation in April 1973.
May 11, 1924 - Leonard Garment born in Brooklyn, New York. 1942-1949 - Attended Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York; also performed as a clarinetist in various jazz bands, including Woody Herman's, during this period. 1949 - Joined the law firm of Mudge, Stern, Baldwin, and Todd. 1957 - Became partner and served as head of the Litigation Department. Met Richard M. Nixon in 1963 when he joined the law firm, thereafter known as Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie & Alexander. 1966-1967 - Became involved in Richard M. Nixon's Presidential campaign. 1968 - Returned to law firm after Nixon's election; became its Washington, D.C. representative. May 28, 1969 - Joined the White House staff as a special consultant to the President. Assisted the President on a variety of special projects, with special emphasis in the areas of civil and human rights, Indian affairs, voluntary action and the arts. May 10, 1973 - Designated Acting Counsel to the President following John W. Dean III's resignation. January 4, 1973 - Resigned as Acting Counsel and appointed as Assistant to the President. June 1974 - Departed White House staff.
115 linear feet, 11 linear inches; 265 boxes
Most government records are in the public domain; however, this series includes commercial materials, such as newspaper clippings, that may be subject to copyright restrictions. Researchers should contact the copyright holder for information.
Collection is open for research. Some materials may be unavailable based upon categories of materials exempt from public release established in the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974.