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Overview (5)

Born in Evanston, Illinois, USA
Died in Taos, New Mexico, USA  (multiple myeloma)
Birth NameDonald Henry Rumsfeld
Nicknames Rummy
Donny
Mad Dog
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Donald Rumsfeld was born on July 9, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois, USA. He was a writer, known for 4 (2009), America's Newest Sweethearts and Sammy and Company (1975). He was married to Joyce Pierson. He died on June 29, 2021 in Taos, New Mexico, USA.

Family (1)

Spouse Joyce Pierson (27 December 1954 - 29 June 2021)  (his death)  (3 children)

Trivia (13)

U.S. Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush (2001-2006); previously served in that position from 1975-1977 under President Gerald Ford.
Was U.S. Congressman from Illinois (1963-1969)
Served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1973-1974)
Rumsfeld was once the All-Navy Wrestling Champion.
Having served as Secretary of Defense under both Gerald Ford (he was also chief of staff to that president in the mid-1970s) and 'George W. Bush', Donald Rumsfeld has the distinction of being both the youngest and the oldest Defense Secretary in U.S. history.
His father was of German descent, with ancestry from a little town named Weyhe, located a little south of Bremen in Germany. His mother was of mostly English and some Irish descent. She had Colonial American roots.
Resigned as Secretary of Defense on November 6, 2006. His resignation was announced by President George W. Bush on November 8, 2006.
Met Elvis Presley in Las Vegas in backstage with Sammy Davis Jr..
Son of George Donald Rumsfeld (b. Illinois, 10 October, 1904, d. September 1974), who worked in real estate, and wife Jeannette Kearsley Huster (b. Illinois, 27 May, 1903, d. 3 May, 1988).
Portrayed by Steve Carell in Vice (2018).
Sent to Iraq on an official visit in 1983, where footage showed him greeted by Pres. Saddam Hussein. During the visit, he gifted Hussein a pair of spurs.
A member of the neoconservative Project for the New American Century, with Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz (all of whom joined George W. Bush's cabinet). This now-defunct think tank has been widely seen as the brains behind the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
A flight instructor in the US Navy from 1954-57.

Personal Quotes (10)

(In response to a reporter asking him why he is wearing a suit and tie at a press conference held at President Bush's ranch) "I don't own any casual clothes. Next question, please."
Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interesting to me because, as we know, there are known knowns - there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns - that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know.
We acted in Iraq because we saw the evidence in a dramatic new light - through the prism of our experience on 9/11.
My family originates from northern Germany. People there are well known for their direct and clear manner of speaking.
I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples' heads on television to intimidate, to frighten indeed the word 'terrorized' is just that. Its purpose is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be something other than that which they want to be.
[on the war in Iraq] I don't do quagmires.
[at a press conference, April 11, 2003] Stuff happens. But it is a fundamental misunderstanding to see those images, over and over and over again, of some boy walking out with a vase and say, 'Oh, my goodness, you didn't have a plan'.
When you say, 'How can you know?'. the answer is, you can't. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see around corners - have our imagination anticipate every conceivable thing that could happen, and then - from that full array and spectrum - pick out the ones that will happen?
Nineteen hijackers, using commercial airliners as guided missiles to incinerate three thousand men, women and children, was perhaps the most horrific single unknown unknown America has experienced.
[observation, 2015] The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic.

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