H. R. Haldeman

American political aide implicated in the Watergate Scandal

Harry Robbins "Bob" Haldeman (better known as H. R. Haldeman; October 27, 1926 – November 12, 1993) was an American political aide and businessman. He was White House Chief of Staff to President Richard Nixon. He committed crimes in the Watergate scandal.

H. R. Haldeman
4th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 1969 – April 30, 1973
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byWilton Persons
as 3rd White House Chief of Staff
James Robert Jones
as Appointments Secretary
Succeeded byAlexander Haig
Personal details
Harry Robbins Haldeman

(1926-10-27)October 27, 1926
Los Angeles, California,
United States
DiedNovember 12, 1993(1993-11-12) (aged 67)
Santa Barbara, California,
United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joanne Horton
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
ProfessionAdvertising Executive

Early life


Haldeman was born on October 27, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Watergate scandal


His role in the Watergate cover-up forced him to resign from government. Haldeman was tried on counts of perjury, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Haldeman was found guilty and imprisoned for 18 months. Upon his release he returned to private life and was a successful businessman.

Haldeman died on November 12, 1993 in Santa Barbara, California from stomach cancer, aged 67.[1]


  1. Severo, Richard (November 13, 1993). "H. R. Haldeman, Nixon Aide Who Had Central Role in Watergate, Is Dead at 67". New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2010. H. R. Haldeman, who spent 18 months in prison for his involvement in the Watergate scandal but said he believed his role as President Richard M. Nixon's chief of staff was the "mountaintop experience" of his life, died yesterday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 67. A son, Hank, said that the cause was an abdominal tumor and that his father had been ill for a month.

More reading

  • Haldeman H.R. 1994. The Haldeman diaries: inside the Nixon White House. New York: Putnam. ISBN 978-1-879371-86-6

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Political offices
Preceded by
James R. Jones
as White House Appointments Secretary
White House Chief of Staff
Succeeded by
Alexander Haig