Alexander Haig, 1924-2010

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, a four-star general who served as a top adviser to three presidents and had presidential ambitions of his own, died Saturday of complications from an infection, his family said. He was 85.

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    Alexander Haig

    March 21, 1978: Gen. Alexander Haig speaks at a Pentagon news conference in Washington.
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    Alexander Haig and President Nixon

    Jan. 4, 1973: President Nixon congratulates Gen. Alexander Haig after presenting him with the Distinguished Service Medal at the White House. Haig had been an assistant to Kissinger and was raised to the rank of full general and assigned as vice chief of staff, United States Army.
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    Alexander Haig

    The four-star general, seen in this 1992 file photo, served as a top adviser to three presidents and had presidential ambitions of his own.
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    Alexander Haig and President Reagan

    Aug. 17, 1981: President Reagan meets with Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger, left, and Secretary of State Alexander Haig before the start of a National Security Council meeting at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
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    Alexander Haig

    March 25, 1987: Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig speaks at a news conference at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel to announce his bid for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.
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    Alexander Haig

    Secretary of State Alexander Haig is seen in a 1981 file photo.
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    Alexander Haig

    Sept. 25, 1985: Vice President George H.W. Bush meets with former Secretary of State Alexander Haig.
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    Alexander Haig

    April 10, 1981: British Premier Margaret Thatcher greets U.S. Secretary of State General Alexander Haig at No. 10 Downing Street, London.
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    Alexander Haig and Kissinger

    March 11, 2006: Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, accompanied by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, speaks at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
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    Alexander Haig

    May 29, 2002: Former U.S. secretaries of state, from left, Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher, Alexander Haig, and Henry Kissinger take part in the dedication and naming ceremony of the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Va.
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