Donald Rumsfeld

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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 three-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 5,818,144 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Donald Rumsfeld is the 1,969th most popular politician (down from 1,712th in 2019), the 664th most popular biography from United States (down from 531st in 2019) and the 69th 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 1,969 out of 15,710Before him are Sigismund of Burgundy, Beyhan Sultan, Desiderius, Maymunah bint al-Harith, Louise of Orléans, and Khasekhemwy. After him are François Ravaillac, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Talal of Jordan, Jürgen Stroop, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and François Darlan.

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Among people born in 1932, Donald Rumsfeld ranks 37Before him are François Englert, Ellen Burstyn, Oliver E. Williamson, Louis Malle, Carlos Saura, and Raisa Gorbacheva. After him are Ryszard Kapuściński, Valentino, Stephen Covey, John Searle, Adolfo Suárez, and Zito.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Donald Rumsfeld ranks 664 out of 15,968Before him are Walter Matthau (1920), Irving Langmuir (1881), Asaph Hall (1829), Larry Hagman (1931), John Lee Hooker (1917), and Matthew C. Perry (1794). After him are Murray Gell-Mann (1929), Hattie McDaniel (1893), Margaret Hamilton (1936), Wyatt Earp (1848), Alice Cooper (1948), and Hulk Hogan (1953).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Donald Rumsfeld ranks 69Before him are Chester A. Arthur (1829), Bill de Blasio (1961), Kamehameha I (1758), Ted Kennedy (1932), Nelson Rockefeller (1908), and Michael Bloomberg (1942). After him are Joseph McCarthy (1908), Gina Haspel (1956), John Kerry (1943), Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. (1888), Barbara Bush (1925), and John Sherman (1823).