George W. Haley

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George W. Haley
Member of the Kansas State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1925-08-28) August 28, 1925 (age 89)
Henning, Tennessee, U.S.
Nationality American
Relations Alex Haley (brother)
Alma mater Morehouse College
University of Arkansas

George Williford Boyce Haley (born August 28, 1925) is a distinguished American Attorney, diplomat and policy expert having served under seven presidential administrations. He is also one of two younger brothers of Pulitzer prize winner Alex Haley.

Early background[edit]

Haley's family moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas and he spent his entire childhood there. He attended the Bordentown School in Bordentown, New Jersey.[1] He was a classmate and contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Further education[edit]

Haley was the second African-American to receive a Law degree from the University of Arkansas. Worked with Attorney Thurgood Marshall on the landmark case Brown v. Topeka, Kansas Board of Education case challenging the separate but equal ruling of The United States Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson.

Later career[edit]

Haley served in national administrations since 1969 under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush. His government posts included chief counsel of the Federal Transit Administration from 1969 to 1973 and general counsel and congressional liaison of the U.S. Information Agency, now part of the State Department, from 1976 to 1977. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed Haley chairman of the Postal Rate Commission.[2]

Mr. Haley served as United States Ambassador to The Gambia in West Africa at the pleasure of President Bill Clinton until 2001.