Death of Samuel Garrison

May 27, 2007
Roanoke, Virginia

Watergate defender, gay activist dies at 65 in Virginia
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Samuel Alexander Garrison III, who defended President Richard Nixon in impeachment hearings in 1974 and later became a gay activist, has died. He was 65.

Garrison died Sunday after a long battle with leukemia, said Mark Harris, his partner of 17 years.

Garrison was the deputy minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and later also was the chief Republican counsel.

"Sam realized what a high honor it was," Harris said. "He really enjoyed doing that. He said it...

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