WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 17: Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark (R) speaks during a news conference. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Former Attorney General of the United States Ramsey Clark has died at 93. He was the AG for the Johnson administration.
Clark passed away at his Manhattan, New York home on Friday. He made a name for himself as an activist for unpopular causes, such as condemning the Gulf War and acting as a lawyer in defense of Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein.
American lawyer Ramsey Clark, The United States Attorney General, USA, July 1967. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Among other accomplishments was his prosecution of the infamous anti-Vietnam war group “The Boston Five” in addition to being one of the architects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Clark also served a brief stint in the Marine Corps in the 1940s. Clark’s father, Tom Clark, also served as an attorney general and Supreme Court justice.