February 19th, 2010
06:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Alexander Haig hospitalized

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig has been admitted to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig has been admitted to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig has been admitted to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, a hospital spokesman said.

Haig, 85, is at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said the spokesman, Gary Stephenson.

He was admitted on January 28 and is in critical condition, Stephenson said.

Haig was a top official in the administrations of three presidents - Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

He served as Nixon's deputy assistant for national security affairs beginning in 1970, then in January 1973 became vice chief of staff of the Army.

"His departure from the Nixon administration proved to be short lived," the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Web site says in a biographical note on Haig. "Four months later, on May 4, 1973, he returned to the White House as chief of staff at the request of the president to fill the vacuum created by H.R. Haldeman's resignation on April 30."

Nixon's resignation came that August.

Haig then became supreme allied commander over NATO forces in Europe until 1979.

He left the military for the private sector, but returned to serve as Reagan's secretary of state in 1981. He resigned the following year.

Haig ran an unsuccessful bid for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.

Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. was born December 2, 1924, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He attended the University of Notre Dame for two years before transferring to the U.S. Military Academy in 1944. After his graduation in 1947, he served in Japan. He later served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff in Japan during the Korean War.


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  1. Lori in St Pete

    HonestMistake, his beef was with the IRS, as in he didn't want to pay taxes. Sounds like that makes him a tea partier, and they've admitted they're in lockstep with the rethugs.

    February 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ HonestMistake

    Frankly my dear, I don't give a dam! If conservatives can speak out of both sides of their mouths', why can't I. How about you go back to last week's Ticker on Rep. Murtha's death and see all the foul and disgusting things posted up there by conservatives. You can't have it both ways. Conservatives are terrorists!! Explain to me why Dick Cheney, a war criminal, gets a standing ovation in a room full of conservatives for making this country less safe. Yes, less safe! That detention facility of his is the #1 recruiting tool of the enemy and this idiot insist that we keep it open. Get your head out of your butt.

    February 19, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Ann

    I'm a liberal and I have nothing but the upmost respect for General Haig, I was a tween with President Regan was shot and General Haig stepped to the podium and assured Americans that all was well.. I know he was persecuted for that, but I found his remarks comforting.. Get well Sir!

    February 19, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Get well Haig!

    February 19, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Sid

    Ken, maybe Dr Kevorkian should treat you and other of your low class

    February 19, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Jose the Great

    Wow... Didn't know he was still alive......

    February 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Art

    In response to "Ken" and his comment about getting Kevorkian to treat Gen Haig I offer my assistance in treating Ken. My treatment for Ken would be as effective as Kevorkian's, but it would take longer, much longer.

    Godspeed General, and Thank you for service to our country!

    February 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Jane

    I've met this man and know some of his family. Actually, he is quite humble and certainly a good, good person. Shame on all of you for wishing him ill. He would never wish that for any of you. Politics are politics, but people are people. I'm actually embarrassed at some of the comments I've read. This is, after all, America – land of opportunity and equal rights. Wish you all could have met him! I'm sure glad I'm not a public figure. What unnecessary nastiness for a person who just happened to be a public servant..

    February 19, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Pat. Ruston, LA

    Now that Haig is in the hospital, who is in control?

    February 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Milos

    I ama libertarian-leaning conservative who votes for Republicans and Democrats. I would never wish death ony anyone I disagree with period!
    I supported Mccain two years ago, but since then I have wished Obama only the best he can do to fix our economy. I vote for both parties because I third one cannot win or takes votes away from someone else I may support on either side of the aisle.

    February 19, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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