Caspar Weinberger Biography

Government Official, Lawyer (1917–2006)
Caspar Weinberger served in three U.S. presidential administrations. He was appointed Secretary of Defense after Reagan's election in 1980.


Caspar Weinberger was born on August 18, 1917, in San Francisco, California. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 and later became a lawyer. In 1952, he became a member of the California state legislature. He served in three presidential administrations—for President Nixon, President Ford and President Reagan. He became the U.S. secretary of defense during Reagan's presidency. He died in 2006.

Political Career

US statesman Caspar Willard Weinberger born on August 18, 1917 in San Francisco, California. After military service (1941–'45) he worked as a lawyer, before entering politics as a member of the California state legislature in 1952.

Weinberger was was state finance director of California during Ronald Reagan's governorship (1968–'69). He served in the Nixon and Ford administrations, then became secretary of defense after Reagan's election victory in 1980. Briefed to supervise a major military build-up, he developed such high-profile projects as the Strategic Defense Initiative. A 'hawk' on East–West issues, he opposed detente, resigned his office in 1987, and returned to private life. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 1988 for his services to Britain, notably during the Falklands War (1982). He died on March 28, 2006, in Bangor, Maine.

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