Anthony R. Dolan

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Tony Dolan
Ronald Reagan - Anthony Dolan - White House
Dolan in 1989
White House Chief Speechwriter
In office
May 1981 – January 20, 1989
Acting: May 1981 – November 17, 1981
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byKen Khachigian
Succeeded byChriss Winston (Director of Speechwriting)
Personal details
Born (1948-07-07) July 7, 1948 (age 75)
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
RelativesTerry Dolan (brother)
EducationYale University (BA)

Anthony R. Dolan (born in Norwalk, Connecticut, July 7, 1948) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and was a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan from March 1981 until the end of Reagan's second term in 1989.[1] Dolan served as the Director of Special Research and Issues and in the Office of Research and Policy at the Headquarters of the Reagan-Bush Committee. Under the name Tony Dolan he had been, for a time, a conservative folk-singer who put out the album "Cry, The Beloved Country" and appeared on The Merv Griffin Show.[2][3]

He won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Local Investigative Specialized Reporting[1] for a series of articles on municipal corruption published in The Stamford Advocate. During the presidency of President George W. Bush, Dolan served as Senior Advisor in the office of Secretary of State (December 2000 to July 2001) and Special Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (August 2001 to December 2007). As Reagan's speechwriter, he wrote the speeches "Ash Heap of History" (1982) and "Evil Empire" (1983).[4]

His late brother Terry Dolan was co-founder and chairman of the National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC).[5]


  1. ^ a b Appointment of Anthony R. Dolan as Special Assistant to the President and Chief Speechwriter, UCSB American Presidency Project, November 17, 1981
  2. ^ Key Records
  3. ^ Boing Boing article of 2012
  4. ^ Warner, Frank (March 5, 2000). "The Battle of the Evil Empire". The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.). Hosted at Free Frank Warner.
  5. ^ Elizabeth Kastor (1987), The Cautious Closet of the Gay Conservative; In the Life and Death of Terry Dolan, Mirror Images From the Age of AIDS, The Washington Post, 5/11/1987

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