Richard Gordon Kleindienst was born in Winslow, Arizona, on August 5, 1923. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard in 1947, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1950. He served in the United States Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1946. Kleindienst was in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1953 through 1954. From 1958 to 1969 he was a partner in the law firm of Shimmel, Hill, Kleindienst & Bishop. He held the office of Deputy Attorney General of the United States from January 31, 1969 to June 11, 1972. Kleindienst was appointed Attorney General of the United States by President Richard Nixon on June 12, 1972. He resigned on April 20, 1973, and returned to the private practice of law. He died February 3, 2000.