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Howard Baker
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41st President of the United States
In office:
January 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993
Vice President: Bob Dole
Preceded by: Jerry Brown
Succeded by: Anne Richards
United States Senator from Tennessee
In office:
January 3, 1967 – December 12, 1988
Preceded by: Ross Bass
Succeded by: Lamar Alexander
15th United States Senate Minority Leader
In office:
January 3, 1977 – December 14, 1988
Preceded by: Hugh Scott
Succeded by: Pete Wilson
Born: November 15, 1925
Huntsville, Tennessee
Nationality: American
Political party: Republican
Spouse: Joy Dirksen (deceased)
Religion: Presbyterian

Howard Henry Baker, Jr. (born November 15, 1925) is an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–93). He had previously served as a United States Senator from Tennessee (1967-1988), holding the position of Senate Minority Leader (1977-1988).

Born in Huntsville, Tennessee, Baker was the son of a member of the House of Representatives. During World War II he trained in the U.S Navy before discharge in 1946. After a defeat in his first run for Senate in 1964, Baker returned to politics, winning a seat in 1966.

Baker gained prominence during the 1970s where he co-chaired a committee investigating the Watergate hearings. After winning reelection continuously in 1972, 1978 and 1984 Baker once again took to the national stage, running for President in 1988 and winning the Republican Nomination, followed by the general election over Vice President Dale Bumpers.

Baker served at a time of change, taking office shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. As President he oversaw the passage of education reform, as well the Environmental Continuity Act. A bi-partisan negotiator, Baker gained a reputation as a man of compromise in the White House. Despite his popularity he was defeated for reelection by Texas Governor Anne Richards.

Today, Baker ranks surprisingly highly amongst rankings of former presidents, and has acted as a spokesperson for a variety of personal causes.

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