Key Watergate Figure and the First Head of the EPA Dies

William Ruckelshaus, a key figure in the Watergate scandal and the first Head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has died at the age of 87, the New York Times reports.

Ruckelshaus, who later served as acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and then Deputy Attorney General of the United States before returning to the EPA, died Wednesday morning.

Ruckelshaus was a key figure in the Watergate scandal, eventually resigning from his post as Deputy Attorney General alongside his boss in what later dubbed the “Saturday Night Massacre.”

Both him and Elliot Richardson elected to resign rather than obey an order from President Nixon to fire the Watergate special prosecutor, Archibald Cox.

Source: Watergate figure William Ruckelshaus dead at 87 – CNNPolitics

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