Safire receiving the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom
|Born||William Lewis Safir|
December 17, 1929
New York City, New York, United States
|Died||September 27, 2009 (aged 79)|
Rockville, Maryland, United States
|Occupation||Author, columnist, lexicographer, journalist, political speechwriter|
|Spouse||Helene Belmar Julius|
He was best known as a long-time political columnist for the New York Times and the author of "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics from its inception.
- McFadden, Robert D. (2009-09-27). "William Safire, Nixon Speechwriter and Times Columnist, Is Dead at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
- Safire, William (1986). Take My Word for It: More on Language. Times Books. ISBN 978-0-8129-1323-1. p. 185.
- Folkenflik, David. "Political Columnist William Safire Dies At 79". NPR. Retrieved 2013-10-17.