Charles Colson

Politician

1931 – 2012

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Who was Charles Colson?

Charles "Chuck" Wendell Colson was a Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973, and later a noted Evangelical Christian leader and cultural commentator.

Once known as President Nixon's "hatchet man," Colson gained notoriety at the height of the Watergate scandal, for being named as one of the Watergate Seven, and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for attempting to defame Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg. In 1974, he served seven months in the federal Maxwell Prison in Alabama as the first member of the Nixon administration to be incarcerated for Watergate-related charges.

Colson became a Christian in 1973. His mid-life conversion to Christianity sparked a radical life change that led to the founding of his non-profit ministry Prison Fellowship and to a focus on Christian worldview teaching and training. Colson was also a public speaker and the author of more than 30 books.

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Born
Oct 16, 1931
Boston
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Episcopal Church
  • Southern Baptist Convention
  • Evangelicalism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Brown University
  • George Washington University
  • The George Washington University Law School
Employment
  • Blogger
Lived in
  • Boston
Died
Apr 21, 2012
Falls Church

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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