John N. Mitchell

former US attorney general, Watergate felon (1913-1988)

John Newton Mitchell (September 5, 1913 – November 9, 1988) was an American politician and lawyer. He was the 67th Attorney General of the United States (1969–1972) under President Richard Nixon and a convicted criminal.

John N. Mitchell
67th United States Attorney General
In office
January 21, 1969 – March 1, 1972
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byRamsey Clark
Succeeded byRichard Kleindienst
Personal details
John Newton Mitchell

(1913-09-05)September 5, 1913
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedNovember 9, 1988(1988-11-09) (aged 75)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Martha Beall
EducationFordham University (BA, LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Rank Lieutenant Junior Grade
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsPurple Heart (2)
Silver Star

He was chairman of Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign, and one of Nixon's closest personal friends.

He was chairman of Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign. He committed many crimes during the Watergate affair. Mitchell was sentenced to prison in 1977 and served 19 months, during which time he was known as Inmate No. 24171-157.

Mitchell died of a heart attack on November 9, 1988 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 75.[1]


  1. "John N. Mitchell Dies at 75; Major Figure in Watergate". New York Times. November 10, 1988. Retrieved January 21, 2017.