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William F. Buckley was a writer and political TV personality who helped make conservative politics popular in the 1950s-1970s.
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Buckley also worked for the Information Agency Advisory 1 Commission (1969–72), and was delegate to the U.N. General Assembly (1973).
His 40 books dealt with contemporary politics, and in the 1970s he turned to writing spy novels.
Buckley married Patricia Alden Austin Taylor, the daughter of industrialist Austin C. Taylor, in 1950. She was a prominent charity fundraiser before she died in 2007.
The couple had a son, Christopher, in 1952.He is a political satirist and author of several novels, including Thank You for Smoking (1994).
Buckley died February 27, 2008, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. The author had been ill with emphysema and diabetes. He was found dead at his desk in the study of his home by his cook. He was 85.
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