As Mitchell became preoccupied with a scandal involving the ITT Corporation and by the illness of his wife Martha, Magruder took on more of the management of the CREEP.[14]. Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! In 1959, Magruder married Gail Barnes Nicholas. Magruder, in his role with CREEP, became involved with the Watergate matters from an early stage, in many aspects of the planning, execution, and cover-up. While the Watergate chapter could not be forgotten, Jeb worked diligently and honorably to overcome it, and as a result, had a positive influence on many, many lives, mine included. [2] Magruder served with the U.S. Army for 21 months, and was stationed in South Korea as a private first class. [6], Magruder moved to Chicago for his MBA studies. Rumsfeld won the primary and the seat in Congress, in a major upset in a ward traditionally dominated by Democrats and unions. According to his account in a PBS documentary, Watergate Plus 30: Shadow of History, and in an interview with the Associated Press, he asserted that Nixon knew about the Watergate burglary early in the process, and well before the scandal broke. Midway through college, he served two years in the US Army in Korea. in English Literature from Aurora College. Magruder told the AP that he could hear Nixon tell Mitchell, "John, ... we need to get the information on Larry O'Brien, and the only way we can do that is through Liddy's plan. To Colodny and Gettlin, he said that he had called John Dean several hours after the (second) Watergate break-in was discovered, and that Dean set in motion several cover-up strategies. Magruder Jeb Stuart Magruder, died peacefully on May 11, 2014 in Danbury, CT, due to complications from a stroke. By early 1972 in the election year, Attorney General John N. Mitchell took over as director of CREEP and Magruder acted as his deputy. Richard M. Nixon prior to becoming deputy director of the Committee to Re-Elect the President, in which capacity he became involved in the Watergate scandal. All Rights Reserved. Prior to becoming involved in Republican politics full-time, Magruder earned (1963) an MBA from the University of Chicago and founded two cosmetics companies in Los Angeles. Magruder met with White House Counsel John Dean and John N. Mitchell (Attorney General of the United States and Director of CREEP) on January 27 and February 4, 1972, to review preliminary plans by G. Gordon Liddy (Counsel to CREEP) for intelligence gathering ideas for the 1972 campaign. He went to Curtis high school, where he was a good competitive swimmer. ), Magruder pleaded guilty to conspiracy and served time in a federal prison for his actions. Jeb Stuart Magruder, who was imprisoned for his role in the Watergate scandal, died May 11 in Danbury, Conn., after complications from a stroke. American business executive and public official. Stuart). Magruder made a number of contradictory statements about his own, and in particular, the president's knowledge of the "dirty tricks" campaign plans. Magruder was an outstanding athlete for his entire life, as a competitive swimmer and tennis player, skier, scuba diver and road biker. These included luring Democratic officials to be photographed cavorting with prostitutes and kidnapping opponents and abducting them to Mexico. Early in 1969, Magruder was appointed to be the Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Domestic Policy Development, in the Nixon Administration. Jeb Stuart Magruder, who was imprisoned for his role in the Watergate scandal, died May 11 in Danbury, Conn., after complications from a stroke. [10] Magruder's next political involvement started in mid-1967, when he served as Southern California coordinator for the Richard Nixon presidential campaign. First published on May 16, 2014 / 11:40 AM. The more extreme ideas were rejected, but plans for the burglary at the Democratic offices did go ahead. The original stated that Staten Island is the smallest of New York City's five boroughs – in fact it has the smallest population. He made himself useful to the "Berlin Wall" of HR Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, Nixon's two top political aides, and was given increasingly sensitive jobs. [page needed] This book was published before Magruder's sentencing on May 21, and before Nixon resigned as the President. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed him to be the Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Domestic Policy Development. Magruder was the second official in the administration of President Richard Nixon to plead guilty to charges of burglarizing the Watergate complex. In 2003, he retired to Columbus, Ohio, the Associated Press reported, and he was later arrested after appearing drunk in public. In 1961, while continuing to work for Jewel, the family moved to Chicago where Magruder entered the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago to earn his MBA. [21] He was charged with failure to maintain an assured clear distance and failure to stop after an accident or collision. He is survived by his four children and their spouses; Whitney Magruder (Jacqueline), Justin Magruder (Joyce), Tracy Sennett (Scott), and Stuart Magruder … Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Magruder was born on November 5, 1934, on Staten Island, NY, the younger of two brothers, to Donald and Edith Magruder. In 1978, the family moved to Princeton, NJ, so he could attend the Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1995, Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones reinstated Magruder's right to campaign for public office in the state. His own most pithy account of his career can hardly be improved on: "Somewhere between my ambition and my ideals I lost my ethical compass.". The win catapulted Magruder into the early ranks of young political technocrats who used data and analytics to engineer campaigns, and it caught the attention of the Republican party machine. The Watergate burglaries would evolve from those meetings. He moved to San Francisco, to take a position with the Crown Zellerbach firm, where he worked in its sales and marketing department. In 1971 he became director of Creep, the committee to re-elect the president, the operation in which many of the illegal or dubious activities later collectively known as Watergate were hatched. In 2003 he went back on his early statements that Nixon knew nothing by stating that Nixon had telephoned during one of these meetings, was briefed about the plans by Mitchell and had approved them, though others denied this. His license was suspended and he was fined $300. In 1965, the family moved to Los Angeles, CA, where Magruder joined the Broadway Department Stores. He was married twice, first to Gail Nicholas and then to Patricia Newton; both marriages ended in divorce. After serving in the Army in Korea and later getting his MBA, he became a businessman, eventually starting up his own cosmetics company, according to an obituary posted on the Hull Funeral Service website. You were an inspiration, and I will never forget some of your wonderful sermons and teachings. He reacted to the derision this appointment caused by saying stuffily that "it is a characteristic of American life that there is redemption". Our sympathy goes out to all of his family. He left early in 1968 due to internal organizational problems. On 7 January and again on 4 February 1972, Magruder sat in on meetings with John Dean, the president's White House counsel, and John Mitchell, the attorney general and manager of the re-election campaign, to discuss the wild ideas which the aide Gordon Liddy was putting forward for ensuring Nixon's re-election. Magruder married Patricia Newton on February 28, 1987, in Columbus, Ohio. Jeb Stuart Magruder died peacefully on May 11, 2014 in Danbury CT, due to complications from a stroke. Always a gentleman. 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Magruder served in the White House until the spring of 1971, when he left to manage the Committee for the Re-Election of the President (CRP, also known as CREEP), first as Director. He served as associate minister at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, California and First Community Church of Columbus, Ohio. Get the latest breaking news delivered straight to your inbox. He was later tapped to help run Nixon's 1972 Committee to Re-elect the President and during that time he became involved in carrying out the June 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex to bug the DNC chairman's phone - the event that led to the uncovering of the Watergate scandal and Nixon's eventual resignation. Sorry for your loss. The political workload, combined with work pressures, caused Magruder to end employment with Jewel. Stuart was a cavalry commander known for his mastery of reconnaissance and the use of cavalry in support of offensive operations. [9] He worked briefly as campaign manager for Richard Ogilvie's 1966 campaign for president of the Cook County Board of Supervisors. He is survived by three sons and one daughter from his first marriage. Jeb Stuart Magruder was born on November 5, 1934, on Staten Island, NY, the younger of two brothers, to Donald and Edith Magruder. He accepted the position and the family moved to Washington, D.C. After several years, he was appointed Acting Director and then Deputy Director of the Committee to Reelect the President. Haldeman and Herbert G. Klein, Communications Director for the Executive Branch. Following his release from prison, he pursued theological studies and was ordained (1984) a Presbyterian minister. I followed your father's career from the Reagan years through his ministry in Columbus, Ohio. Jeb Stuart Magruder was born and grew up on Staten Island, New York, where he was an honor student at Curtis High School. They were divorced in May 2003. His father was a Civil War buff who named his second son after the Confederate General James Ewell Brown Stuart (J.E.B. He had already had a first taste of Republican politics when he worked briefly for the Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964. In exchange, Magruder was allowed to plead guilty in August 1973 to a one-count indictment of conspiracy to obstruct justice, to defraud the United States, and to illegally eavesdrop on the Democratic Party's national headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. In 1966 he helped Donald Rumsfeld run successfully for Congress. He served Nixon in various capacities, including helping manage the president's highly successful 1972 re-election campaign. Magruder was an outstanding athlete for his entire life. Photograph: Margaret Thomas/The Washington Post, An American Life: One Man's Road to Watergate. The campaign to re-elect the President was extraordinarily successful, winning 49 of 50 states; Nixon lost only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia to Democrat George McGovern. During that time, Magruder became involved in the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s. After the Watergate scandal, Magruder left politics and business. After graduating from Williams, he began his business career in San Francisco. Because of his work for Habitat for Humanity in Lexington KY, donations in his memory can be sent to that organization at, To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our.