William Doyle Ruckelshaus (July 24, 1932 – November 27, 2019) was an American attorney and government official. He worked during the Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan presidencies. He was known for resigning under the Nixon administration after he refused to carryout Nixon's orders to fire key investigators of the Watergate Scandal.
He served as the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970, was subsequently acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and then Deputy Attorney General of the United States. During 1983 through 1985 he returned as EPA Administrator.
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- "President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom". The White House. November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
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- "William Ruckelshaus, Who Quit in 'Saturday Night Massacre,' Dies at 87". The New York Times. November 27, 2019.
- "Federal Bureau of Investigation: Directors, Then and Now". Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- Bio at National Council for Science and the Environment Archived 2006-04-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Ruckelshaus Appearances on C-SPAN