- NAME: William Mark Felt
- OCCUPATION: Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: August 17, 1914
- DEATH DATE: December 18, 2008
- EDUCATION: Twin Falls Senior High School, University of Idaho, George Washington University Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Twin Falls, Idaho
- PLACE OF DEATH: Santa Rosa, California
- AKA: Deep Throat
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William Mark Felt was an associate director of the FBI who became a secret informant and broke the Watergate story to reporters.
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After graduation from Twin Falls Senior High School in 1931, Felt attended the University of Idaho. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1935. After school, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work for U.S. Senator James Pope. Felt continued to work with Pope's successor in the Senate, David Worth Clark, during the day. At night, he attended The George Washington University Law School. He earned his law degree in 1940, and took a position at the Federal Trade Commission, but he did not enjoy the work.
His post was dissolved in 1945, but Felt's performance during his assignment at the Major Case desk caught the attention of then-President Herbert Hoover. After serving as a top agent in places such as Seattle, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, Felt returned to Washington in 1962, where he helped oversee training at the FBI Academy.
In 1964, Felt was named as head of the bureau's inspection division. He worked in this capacity until July 1st, 1971, when Hoover promoted Felt to Deputy Associate Director, the third highest position in the FBI. After Hoover's death in May of 1972, Vice President Richard Nixon was sworn in as U.S. President for the duration of Hoover's term. This same month, Felt took on the post of Associate Director, becoming second in command at the bureau.
On June 19, 1972, Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein received information from a high-level government official who was given the monniker "Deep Throat." During the phone call, Deep Throat told journalists that former CIA agent and Nixon staff member, Howard Hunt, was definitely involved in the Watergate scandal.
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