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Fred Thompson

American politician and actor

Fred Dalton Thompson (Freddie Dalton Thompson;[1] August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician, actor, attorney, and lobbyist.

Fred Thompson
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United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
December 2, 1994 – January 3, 2003
Served alongside: Jim Sasser, Bill Frist
Preceded byHarlan Mathews
Succeeded byLamar Alexander
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
In office
January 7, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byTed Stevens
Succeeded byJoe Lieberman
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2001
Preceded byJoe Lieberman
Succeeded byJoe Lieberman
Personal details
Born(1942-08-19)August 19, 1942
Sheffield, Alabama, U.S.
DiedNovember 1, 2015(2015-11-01) (aged 73)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey (Knestrick), 1959–1985; divorced
Jeri Kehn, 2002–2015
Alma materMemphis State University, Vanderbilt University
ProfessionSenator, actor, attorney, lobbyist, public speaker, radio personality
ReligionChurch of Christ[source?]

Thompson became famous during the 1970s during the Watergate Scandal because he discovered the Watergate tapes which would lead to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.[2]

He starred on Law & Order as Arthur Branch, the District Attorney of New York. He quit the show to run as the Republican candidate for the United States presidency in 2008, but he did not become the candidate. He was also the host of The Fred Thompson Show, one of Westwood One's most popular talk shows.

On November 1, 2015, Thompson died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), a form of cancer, at the age of 73 in Nashville, Tennessee.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Humphrey, Tom (2007-09-07). "Fred, Freddie — he's still F.D. Thompson: New details emerge on personal life of newly announced candidate". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  2. Cameron, Carl (8 March 2007). "National TV Star, Former Republican Senator Fred Thompson Mulls '08 Presidential Bid". FoxNews.
  3. "Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson Dies at 73". Tennessean.com. Retrieved November 1, 2015.

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