Meese, Edwin

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Edwin Meese (b. 1931), also known as Edmund Meese, was born in Oakland, California. He served as the seventy-fifth Attorney General of the United States from 1985 to 1988. In 1953, Meese graduated from Yale University, and holds a law degree from the University of California. He worked as assistant district attorney of Alameda County, California before joining Governor Ronald Reagan's staff in 1967. Meese was legal affairs secretary from 1967 to o 1968 and as executive assistant and chief of staff to Governor Reagan from 1969 to 1974. From January 1975 to May 1976, Meese was vice president for administration of Rohr Industries in Chula Vista, California. He left Rohr to enter private law practice in San Diego, California. He served as a professor of law at the University of San Diego from 1977 to 1981, and also was director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management.

From the description of Meese, Edwin, 1931- (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10569163

Clemency and extradition secretary to the governor of California, 1967-1969; executive assistant and chief of staff to the governor of California, 1969-1974; counselor to the president of the United States, 1981-1985; attorney general of the United States, 1985-1988.

From the description of Edwin Meese papers, 1966-1988. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123419712

Biographical/Historical Note

  • 1931, Dec. 2: Born, Oakland, California
  • 1953: A.B. Yale University
  • 1958: J.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • 1958 - 1966 : Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County, California
  • 1966 - 1970 : Secretary on Clemency and Extradition to Governor Reagan, Sacramento, California
  • 1970 - 1974 : Executive Assistant, Chief of Staff to Governor Reagan, Sacramento, California
  • 1975 - 1976 : Vice President, Administration, Rohr Industries, Chula Vista, California
  • 1977: Sole law practice
  • 1977 - 1978 : Director, Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management, University of California, San Diego
  • 1978 - 1980 : Professor of Law, University of California, San Diego
  • 1980: Adviser to Ronald Reagan Presidential Campaign
  • 1981 - 1985 : Counselor to President Reagan, Washington, D.C.
  • 1983: Recipient, Distinguished Public Service Award
  • 1985 - 1988 : U.S. Attorney General, Washington, D.C.
  • 1988 - : Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, California

From the guide to the Edwin Meese papers, 1966-1988, (Hoover Institution Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Klein, Herbert G. (Herbert George), 1918-2009. The responsibility of government : video tape, 1981. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Justice. 1790 - 2002. Photographs of Attorneys General
referencedIn Baker, James Addison, 1930-. James A. Baker III papers, 1957-2002 (bulk 1972-1992). Princeton University Library
creatorOf Records of the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) (Reagan Administration). 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989. White House Staff Audio Recordings
creatorOf Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003. Strom Thurmond press assistant series, 1955- 1964- Clemson University Libraries, Robert Muldrow Cooper Library
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Customs Service. 1745 - 1997. Master Files of Photographs Relating to Agency Officials, Facilities and Equipment, and Enforcement Pursuits
creatorOf Edwin Meese papers, 1966-1988 Hoover Institution Archives.
referencedIn Jefferson, Edward G. (Edward Graham), 1921-. Papers, 1962-1992, (bulk, 1979-1987). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Case Files from, Cohen v. Cowles Media Company, 1982-2001 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Records of the Office of Personnel Management. 1928 - 2002. Photographic Prints, Proof Sheets and Negatives of U.S. Civil Service Commission and Office of Personnel Management Activities and Personnel
referencedIn Iran-Contra Hearings Videotapes, 1987 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Meese, Edwin. Edwin Meese papers, 1966-1988. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn George Lardner Papers, 1923-1997, (bulk 1965-1995) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Edwin Meese Collection. 1985 - 1988. Attorney General Files
referencedIn American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California records, 1900-2000, bulk 1934-2000 California Historical Society
referencedIn Bruce A. Morrison Papers., undated, 1980-2000. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
referencedIn Records, 1946-2000 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Justice. 1790 - 2002. Photographs of Agency Personnel
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Justice. 1790 - 2002. Photographs of Agency Personnel and Buildings
referencedIn Institute for Prison Ministries. Videotapes of Institute for Prison Ministries, 1985-1986. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Justice. 1790 - 2002. Photographs of Attorneys General Performing Official Duties
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Records of the Office of the Counsellor to the President (Reagan Administration) . 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1985. Edwin Meese's Office Files
referencedIn Lardner, George. George Lardner papers, 1923-1997 (bulk 1965-1995). Library of Congress
creatorOf Papers of the Reagan-Bush 1980 Campaign. 1979 - 1980. Files of Chief of Staff Edwin Meese III
creatorOf Alabama. Governor. Project files, 1986-1988. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Personality review (Television program) video tape : The responsibility of government, 1981 Hoover Institution Archives.
referencedIn Papers of George Wald, 1927-1996 Harvard University Archives.
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associatedWith Alabama. Governor. corporateBody
associatedWith American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. corporateBody
associatedWith Baker, James Addison, 1930- person
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Institute for Prison Ministries. corporateBody
associatedWith Jefferson, Edward G. (Edward Graham), 1921- person
associatedWith Lardner, George. person
associatedWith Lardner, George. person
associatedWith Morrison, Bruce A. person
associatedWith Personality review (Television program) corporateBody
associatedWith Reagan, Ronald. person
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) (1854- : U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rothenberg, Elliot C., 1939- person
associatedWith Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003. person
associatedWith United States. Dept. of Justice. corporateBody
associatedWith Wald, George. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
California
California
United States
Subject
Justice, Administration of
Justice, Administration of--United States
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Birth 1931-12-02

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