POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to George Gordon Battle Liddy, who formerly lived in Poughkeepsie.
The FBI special agent and politician was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 30, 1930, and turns age 87 on Thursday.
He was known as G. Gordon Liddy and was the chief operative in the White House Plumbers unit that existed from July to September 1971, during Richard Nixon's presidency.
Liddy directed the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building in May and June 1972. Investigations of the Watergate scandal led to Nixon's resignation in 1974.
He was convicted of burglary, conspiracy and refusing to testify to the Senate committee investigating Watergate. His 20-year prison sentence was later commuted to 8 years by President Jimmy Carter.
In 1980, Liddy published his autobiography, titled "Will," which sold more than a million copies and was made into a television movie.
He was a radio talk show host from 1992 until his retirement on July 27, 2012.
He was married to Frances Purcell-Liddy, a native of Poughkeepsie, for 53 years until her death in 2010. They had five children and 12 grandchildren.
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