George W. Haley

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George W. Haley
Member of the Kansas State Senate
In office
United States Ambassador to the Gambia
In office
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by Gerald W. Scott
Succeeded by Jackson McDonald
Personal details
Born George Williford Boyce Haley
(1925-08-28)August 28, 1925
Henning, Tennessee, U.S.
Died May 13, 2015(2015-05-13) (aged 89)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Doris M. Haley
Relations Alex Haley (brother)
Children David Haley[Anne Haley Brown]
Alma mater Morehouse College
University of Arkansas

George Williford Boyce Haley (August 28, 1925 – May 13, 2015) was an American attorney, diplomat and policy expert having served under seven presidential administrations. He was one of two younger brothers to the Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley.

Early background[edit]

Haley was born in Henning, Tennessee. His 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 was elected to the Kansas State Senate in 1964 as a Republican and served one term. 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. He ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives from Kansas in 1966 and for the United States Senate from Maryland in 1986. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush appointed Haley chairman of the Postal Rate Commission.[2] Haley served as Chairman of the Commission from February 14, 1990 until October 14, 1993, and later as a Commissioner from December 1, 1993 until September 10, 1998.[3]

Haley served as United States Ambassador to The Gambia in West Africa at the pleasure of President Bill Clinton until 2001. Haley died on May 13, 2015, aged 89.[4]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Gerald W. Scott
United States Ambassador to the Gambia
Succeeded by
Jackson McDonald