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William J. Casey

CIA Director William J. Casey

Profession: CIA Director

United States of America

Biography: Director of Central Intelligence from 1981 to 1987.

In this capacity he oversaw the entire United States Intelligence Community and personally directed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the final years of the cold war and during the Iran-contra scandal.

Casey was also Ronald Reagan's campaign manager during his 1980 campaign and was instrumental in getting George H. W. Bush on the ticket as vice presidential nominee.

In 1986 Casey was hospitalized a day before he was due to testify to US Congress in the Iran-Contra Affair. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died the next year.

Born: March 13, 1913
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: May 6, 1987 (aged 74)
Cause of Death: Aspiration pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1941-02-22 Future CIA Director William J. Casey (27) weds Sophia Kurz

Historical Events

  • 1981-01-28 William J. Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987)
  • 1986-12-15 CIA director William J. Casey suffers a cerebral seizure
  • 1987-01-29 William J. Casey term as 13th director of the CIA ends

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