Donald Rumsfeld

1932 - 2021

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Donald Henry Rumsfeld (July 9, 1932 – June 29, 2021) was an American politician, government official and businessman who served as Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under president Gerald Ford, and again from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. He was both the youngest and the oldest secretary of defense. Additionally, Rumsfeld was a four-term U.S. Congressman from Illinois (1963–1969), director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (1969–1970), counselor to the president (1969–1973), the U.S. Representative to NATO (1973–1974), and the White House Chief of Staff (1974–1975). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald Rumsfeld has received more than 7,788,236 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Donald Rumsfeld is the 2,368th most popular politician (down from 1,981st in 2019), the 728th most popular biography from United States (down from 621st in 2019) and the 71st most popular American Politician.

Donald Rumsfeld is most famous for his role as Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration. He was a key player in the American response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent invasion of Iraq.

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Among politicians, Donald Rumsfeld ranks 2,368 out of 19,576Before him are Vajiravudh, Emperor Shenzong of Song, Omri, John IV Laskaris, Tiberius III, and Erich Koch. After him are Antanas Smetona, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Berengar II of Italy, Sviatopolk I of Kiev, Albrecht von Roon, and Inessa Armand.

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Among people born in 1932, Donald Rumsfeld ranks 40Before him are Sirikit, Adolfo Suárez, Ryszard Kapuściński, Raisa Gorbacheva, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and Zito. After him are Valentino, Roy Scheider, Ted Kennedy, Pat Morita, Stéphane Audran, and Oliver E. Williamson. Among people deceased in 2021, Donald Rumsfeld ranks 30Before him are Sonny Chiba, Jacques Rogge, Hans Küng, Martinus J. G. Veltman, Colin Powell, and Richard R. Ernst. After him are Steven Weinberg, Jorge Sampaio, Nawal El Saadawi, Richard Rogers, Antony Hewish, and Aaron T. Beck.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Donald Rumsfeld ranks 728 out of 20,380Before him are Walter Hill (1942), Buckminster Fuller (1895), Alexander Calder (1898), Danny Glover (1946), Mel Brooks (1926), and John Lithgow (1945). After him are Rosalynn Carter (1927), Vera Rubin (1928), Kamehameha I (1758), Doris Day (1922), Henry Mancini (1924), and Christopher Lambert (1957).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Donald Rumsfeld ranks 71Before him are Nelson Rockefeller (1908), Joseph McCarthy (1908), Kamala Harris (1964), Boris Johnson (1964), Colin Powell (1937), and Nancy Pelosi (1940). After him are Kamehameha I (1758), Greg Abbott (1957), James E. Webb (1906), Ted Kennedy (1932), Michael Bloomberg (1942), and Rudy Giuliani (1944).