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Alexander Haig, who managed the Nixon administration during the Watergate crisis and served a controversial stint as secretary of state under President Reagan, died on Saturday. He was 85.

Haig died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, after he was admitted there on January 28, spokesman Gary Stephenson said.

“He served his country well. For that he should be remembered,” said William Bennett, who was secretary of education during the Reagan administration. “He carried himself well. He carried himself with dignity and honor.”

The White House issued a statement mourning Haig, saying he “exemplified our finest warrior-diplomat tradition of those who dedicate their lives to public service.”

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Article courtesy cnn.com

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