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Jeb Stuart Magruder

Jeb Stuart Magruder was appointed to President Richard Nixon's White House staff in 1969 as Special Assistant to the President. He served in the White House until 1971, when he left to manage the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) as Deputy Director, and assistant to CREEP Director and former Attorney General John Mitchell. The campaign to re-elect the President was extraordinarily successful, winning 49 of 50 states and the District of Columbia, and Magruder went on to manage Nixon's inauguration in January 1973 as Inaugural Director.

Magruder was also implicated in the Watergate scandal was incarcerated for 7 months in 1974 for his role in the failed burglary and subsequent coverup. He left government after the 1973 inauguration. Magruder is the only direct participant in the scandal to confirm that President Nixon had specific foreknowledge of the Watergate break-in, and that Nixon actually directed Mitchell to proceed with the break-in, which was organized by G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt.

A former marketing executive, Magruder was 34 years old when he joined the White House staff. He was educated at Williams College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and the University of Chicago, where he picked up a Master of Business Administration degree. Magruder also served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. After the Watergate scandal, he left politics and business, earned a Masters Degree in Divinty from the Princeton Theological Seminary, and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He served as associate minister at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, California and First Community Church of Columbus, Ohio, and senior pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Kentucky.