Born in Winslow, Arizona, he served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946, attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, graduating from the latter in 1950.
From 1953 to 1954 he served in the Arizona House of Representatives and then went into private practice, which he continued until 1969. During this time he was also a candidate for Governor of Arizona.
He resigned on April 30, 1973 in the midst of the Watergate scandal and returned to private practice. Kleindienst resigned the same day John Dean was fired and H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman quit. He was convicted of a misdemeanor for perjury during his testimony in the Senate during his confirmation hearings. He was fined and given a suspended jail sentence.
Kleindienst, RichardG. (5 Aug. 1923-3 Feb. 2000), government official, was born Richard Gordon Kleindienst on a farm near Winslow, Arizona, the son of Alfred R. Kleindienst, a railroad brakeman and local postmaster, and Gladys Love Kleindienst.
Kleindienst took his advice, though claiming not to be as conservative as Goldwater, and ultimately became a precinct committeeman and a delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention.
Kleindienst's demonstrated skills in running political campaigns for other Republicans had become well known in the party, and in 1968, as Richard M. Nixon pursued his quest for that year's Republican presidential nomination, Kleindienst was appointed national director of field operations for the Nixon campaign.
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