Jeb Stuart Magruder was an American businessman and political operative in the Republican Party when he joined the administration of President Richard Nixon in 1969. He published two books about his career and faith journey, attended divinity school, and became an ordained Presbyterian minister in 1981. He served the church for the remainder of his life and he served Nixon in various capacities, including helping manage the presidents highly successful 1972 re-election campaign. During that time, Magruder became involved in the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, as a Deputy Director of Richard Nixons Committee for the Re-Election of the President, Magruder pleaded guilty to conspiracy and served time in a federal prison for his actions. Magruder was the official in the administration of President Richard Nixon to plead guilty to charges of burglarizing the Watergate complex. In 1974 he published an account of the Watergate affair, in prison Magruder reconnected with his faith, afterward he attended divinity school and became ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He was called to serve in parishes, including as chief minister in a Lexington. During these years, Magruder also spoke publicly about ethics and his role in the Watergate scandal, in the 1990s and early 2000s, he gave interviews in which he changed his accounts of actions by various participants in the Watergate coverup, some of his assertions have been challenged. Jeb Stuart Magruder was born and grew up on Staten Island, New York, Magruder was an excellent junior tennis player and swimmer, among the best in the greater New York area. He was educated at Williams College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1958 and he represented Williams on the varsity swimming team and set several regional records. Magruder served with the U. S. Army for 21 months and he served during an intermission from his studies at Williams College. After he began his business career, he returned to graduate school, Magruder worked for IBM after college, and has said he did not enjoy it. He moved to San Francisco, to take a position with the Crown Zellerbach firm, later he started his own consumer products company. He married Gail Nicholas on October 17,1959, in Los Angeles, Magruder married Patricia Newton on February 28,1987, in Columbus, Ohio. They were divorced in May 2003, in the late 1950s, Magruder moved to Kansas City with Jewel Tea, in a transfer for work. He became involved there as a manager for the Republican Party during the 1960 election campaign. Magruder moved to Chicago for his MBA studies, afterward he shifted from IBM to the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. In Chicago he remained involved with the Republican Party, rumsfeld won the primary and the seat in Congress, in a major upset in a ward traditionally dominated by Democrats and unions
Jeb Magruder at work in 1993
Portrait of Jeb Stuart Magruder as a member of the Nixon Administration.