- NAME: Jeane Kirkpatrick
- OCCUPATION: Scholar, Political Scientist, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: November 19, 1926
- DEATH DATE: December 07, 2006
- EDUCATION: Stephens College, Barnard College, Columbia University, University of Paris
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Duncan, Oklahoma
- PLACE OF DEATH: Bethesda, Maryland
- Full Name: Jeane Duane Jordan Kirkpatrick
- AKA: Jeane Kirkpatrick
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Jeane Kirkpatrick was a professor and diplomat who was a close adviser to President Ronald Reagan and the first woman to be U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
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Born on November 19, 1926, in Duncan, Oklahoma, Jeane Kirkpatrick studied internationally and became a political science scholar. A one-time Democrat, she was foreign policy advisor to President Ronald Reagan and became the first woman ambassador to the U.N. Favoring right-wing regimes, Kirkpatrick was part of the Iran-Contra affair and considered a presidential run. She died on December 7, 2006.
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