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Mike Gravel
43rd President of the United States
Assumed office:
January 20, 2009
Left office:
July 1, 2011
Vice President: Bill Richardson
Preceded by: John McCain
Succeeded by: Bill Richardson
United States Senator from Alaska
In office:
January 3rd, 1969-January 3rd, 1981
Preceded by: Ernest Gruening
Succeeded by: Frank Murkowski
3rd Speaker for the Alaska House of Representatives
In office:
January 25th, 1965 – January 22nd, 1967
Governor: William Allan Egan
Preceded by: Bruce Biers Kendall
Succeeded by: William K. Boardman
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
In office:
January 28, 1963 – January 22, 1967
Born: May 13th, 1930 (age 83)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Birth name: Maurice Robert Gravel
Political party: Democratic
Spouse(s): Rita Martin (divorced)
Whitney Stewart Gravel
Occupation: Real estate developer, author
Alma mater: Columbia University
Religion: Unitarian Universalism

Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel (born May 13th, 1930) is an American politician who was the 43rd President of the United States, the first Alaskan to hold the office, and the oldest in history, at age 79 when he took office. Before that, he served as a Senator from Alaska in the 1970s, as well as a member of Alaska's House of Representatives. He is an Army veteran, a graduate of Columbia University, and a member of the Democratic Party.

Gravel's insurgent campaign to succeed John McCain as president was a history-making upset, as the two term senator from Alaska who hadn't held office in almost thirty years was able to defeat younger and more experienced rivals such as John Edwards, Bob Graham, Christopher Dodd, and Bill Richardson, the last of whom he chose as a running mate after clinching the Democratic nomination. Gravel's campaign was based in large part on a libertarian youth movement against the now long-running Jordanian War, the perceived staidness of Republican nominee Mitt Romney and the extreme social conservatism of independent nominee Tom Tancredo, as well as the latter two nominee's splitting of the conservative vote.

Within a few months of taking office, most observers had realized that Gravel was out of his depths. Day to day operations were handled primarily by Vice President Richardson and Gravel's chief of staff, Barack Obama, as Gravel grew increasingly withdrawn. On June 14, 2011, Gravel announced his resignation, effective July 1, 2011, giving Richardson time to put together a transition team, and making history as the first president to cede the office.

Since leaving office, Gravel has receded entirely from public view. He is working on an untitled memoir, due in 2014.

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