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Name: Donald Rumsfeld                                                           
Born: 9 July 1932 Evanston, Illinois, U.S.                                     
Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is a businessman, a U.S. Republican   
politician, the 13th Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975 
to 1977, and the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 
2001 to 2006. He is both the youngest (43 years old) and the oldest (68 years   
old) person to have held the position, as well as the only person to have held 
the position for two non-consecutive terms, and the second longest serving,     
behind Robert McNamara.                                                         
Rumsfeld has also served in various positions under President Richard Nixon,   
served four terms in the United States House of Representatives, and served as 
United States Ambassador to NATO. Rumsfeld was an aviator in the United States 
Navy between 1954 and 1957 before transferring to the Reserve. In public life, 
he has also served as an official in numerous federal commissions and councils. 
ABC and BBC news consider Rumsfeld to be the most controversial defense         
secretary in US history.