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Encyclopedia > Alexander Butterfield

Alexander Porter Butterfield (born April 6, 1926) was the deputy assistant to Richard Nixon from 1969 until 1973. He was a key figure in the Watergate scandal. April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Order: 37th President Vice President: Spiro Agnew (1969–1973), Gerald R. Ford (1973–1974) Term of office: January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974 Preceded by: Lyndon B. Johnson Succeeded by: Gerald R. Ford Date of birth: January 9, 1913 Place of birth: Yorba Linda, California Date of death: April 22... For the building complex for which the scandal was named, see Watergate Hotel. ...

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Flying career

Butterfield was born at Pensacola, Florida where his father, Horace B. Butterfield, was a pilot for the United States Navy. He grew up in Coronado, California. Butterfield became fascinated by flying and during World War II, when he failed the Naval Academy's eye test, went to the United States Air Force where he was accepted. He flew the Lockheed P-38 Lightning in the Pacific Theater. He remained flying with the USAF after the end of the war. In Vietnam War, he commanded a squadron of low-level reconnaissance aircraft and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1968 he was project officer for the General Dynamics F-111 and as senior Defense Department representative in Australia with the rank of Colonel. This article is about the inland city of Pensacola, Florida. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Satellite image of Coronado peninsula Coronado is a city located in San Diego County, California. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (over 11 miles) into the air, August 9, 1945. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... The P-38 is also a can opener. ... The Vietnam War was fought from 1957 to 1975 between Soviet and Chinese-supported Vietnamese nationalist and Communist forces and an array of Western and pro-Western forces, most notably the United States. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... A U.S. Air Force F-111 The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark (the nickname was unofficial for most of its lifespan, but it was officially named Aardvark at its retirement ceremony for the United States Air Force) is a long-range strategic bomber, reconnaissance, and tactical strike aircraft. ...


White House assistant

H. R. Haldeman, the chief of staff to President-elect Richard Nixon, knew Butterfield from having studied with him at the University of California, Los Angeles and invited him to take early retirement from the USAF and become Deputy Assistant to the President. Butterfield was highly regarded for his dedication to the job which led him to work very long hours. He was a deputy to Haldeman and aside from routine matters such as visitor tours of the White House, Butterfield provided briefing papers for the President. Among his responsibility was the United States Secret Service, which included the operations of the secret taping system which Nixon had installed in the White House. H.R. Haldeman, January 21, 1971. ... Order: 37th President Vice President: Spiro Agnew (1969–1973), Gerald R. Ford (1973–1974) Term of office: January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974 Preceded by: Lyndon B. Johnson Succeeded by: Gerald R. Ford Date of birth: January 9, 1913 Place of birth: Yorba Linda, California Date of death: April 22... The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. ... The United States Secret Service is a United States federal government law enforcement agency that is part of the United States Department of Homeland Security (prior to the founding of that department in 2002, it was under the United States Department of the Treasury). ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. ...


Taping system

When Nixon was re-elected, Butterfield was appointed on December 19, 1972 as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was routinely asked to appear before the United States Senate committee headed by Sam Ervin and was interviewed by staff of the committee on July 13, 1973, prior to going before the Senators. John Dean had previously mentioned that he suspected White House conversations were taped, and the committee was therefore routinely asking witnesses about it. Butterfield did not want voluntarily to tell the committee of the system but had decided before the hearing that he would have to if asked a direct question. December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... The Federal Aviation Administration is the entity of the United States government which regulates and oversees all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S. // Activities Along with the European Joint Aviation Authorities, the FAA is one of the two main agencies worldwide responsible for the certification of new aircraft. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Samuel James Ervin Jr. ... July 13th is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... John Dean, May 7, 1972. ...


As it happened, Butterfield was asked the direct question by the minority (Republican) counsel, Donald G. Sanders. He told the staff members that "everything was taped ... as long as the President was in attendance. There was not so much as a hint that something should not be taped." All present recognised the significance of this disclosure and Butterfield was hastily put before the full Committee on July 16 to put the taping system on the record. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... July 16 is the 197th day (198th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 168 days remaining. ...


Post-Watergate

Butterfield was not involved in the Watergate cover-up and was therefore not prosecuted. He remained at the FAA under Gerald Ford until he resigned on March 31, 1975. He then became a business executive. Order: 38th President Vice President: Nelson A. Rockefeller Term of office: August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977 Preceded by: Richard Nixon Succeeded by: Jimmy Carter Date of birth: July 14, 1913 Place of birth: Omaha, Nebraska First Lady: Betty Ford Political party: Republican Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining, as the final day of March. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...


Butterfield was among those who correctly guessed the identity of Watergate informant "Deep Throat" prior to the disclosure in 2005. He told The Hartford Courant in 1995, "I think it was a guy named Mark Felt." W. Mark Felt, circa 2005 Deep Throat is the pseudonym that was given to a secret source who leaked information about the involvement of U.S. President Richard Nixons administration in the events that came to be known as the Watergate scandal. ... The Hartford Courant is Connecticuts largest daily newspaper, and the only morning newspaper for most of the state north of New Haven and east of Waterbury. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // W. Mark Felt (circa 2005) William Mark Felt, Sr. ...


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Alexander Butterfield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (519 words)
Alexander Porter Butterfield (born April 6, 1926) was the deputy assistant to Richard Nixon from 1969 until 1973.
Butterfield was born in Pensacola, Florida where his father, Horace B. Butterfield, was a pilot for the United States Navy.
Butterfield was not involved in the Watergate cover-up and was therefore not prosecuted.
MSN Encarta - Alexander Butterfield (373 words)
Butterfield, Alexander, born in 1926, White House official under President Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974) and key figure in the revelation of information during the Watergate scandal.
Butterfield served in the U.S. Air Force from 1949 until 1969, when he retired as a decorated officer to become the top aide to H.
Butterfield's testimony meant that the United States Senate and the nation could determine who was being truthful about what the president knew and when he knew it by simply listening to key tapes.
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