Clark MacGregor

Clark MacGregor (July 12, 1922 – February 10, 2003) was a Republican U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District for five terms from 1961 to 1971.

Clark MacGregor
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byRoy Wier
Succeeded byBill Frenzel
Personal details
Clark MacGregor

(1922-07-12)July 12, 1922
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedFebruary 10, 2003(2003-02-10) (aged 80)
Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Barbara Spicer MacGregor
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
University of Minnesota (JD)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1942–1945

After his time in Congress, he worked as a senior assistant to President Richard Nixon, including as chairman of the president’s successful 1972 re-election campaign.

Life and careerEdit

MacGregor was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1944 and the University of Minnesota Law School in 1946. In 1949, he married Barbara Spicer; they had three daughters. Clark and Barbara were married until his death. [1]


He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1960, defeating six-term Democratic incumbent Roy Wier, and served in the 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, and 91st congresses, January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1971.

In 1963, MacGregor appeared in a satirical revue by Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop.[2] He was a delegate to the 1964 and 1968 Republican National Convention from Minnesota. He was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 1970, running against former Democratic Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

Nixon White HouseEdit

MacGregor was Assistant to Richard Nixon for congressional relations in 1970, Counsel to the President on congressional relations (1971–1972), Chairman of the Committee to Re-elect the President (July to November 1972) following John Mitchell's resignation from the position in the Watergate political scandal. In October 1972, as the reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein began to piece together the extent of the spying and sabotage program of the Nixon campaign, MacGregor in a press conference attacked The Washington Post for allegedly "Using innuendo, third-person hearsay, unsubstantiated charges, anonymous sources, and huge scare headlines ... maliciously ... to give the appearance of a direct connection between the White House and the Watergate -- a charge the Post knows -- and a half dozen investigations have found -- to be false."[3]

Later career and deathEdit

After 1973, he left politics. He continued to live in Washington, D.C., worked for United Technologies Corporation, and was on the boards of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Wolf Trap Foundation.[4]

During a vacation in Pompano Beach, Florida in 2003, MacGregor died from respiratory failure. [5]


  1. ^ Bernstein, Adam (2003-02-13). "Nixon Campaigner Clark MacGregor Dies at 80". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  2. ^ Moses, George (1963-07-23). "Congressman's Barbs Make a Hit". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 8. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  3. ^ Perlstein, Rick (2008). Nixonland : the rise of a president and the fracturing of America (1st Scribner hardcover ed.). New York. pp. 729–730. ISBN 978-0-7432-4302-5. OCLC 180755987.
  4. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (2003-02-14). "Clark MacGregor, 80, Leader Of Nixon Campaign in 1972". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Minnesota
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by