1/31/1938 in Lusk, Wyoming, USADied:
85 Full name:
James Gaius WattNoted For:
U.S. secretary of the Interior under Reagan (1981-83). Forced to resign after describing his staff in a politically incorrect manner. Charged with perjury and obstruction of justice (1995); pleaded guilty to withholding documents from a grand jury (1996); sentenced to 5 years probation.Quotation:
"We have every mixture you can have. I have a black, a woman, two Jews, and a cripple. And we have talent."
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