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Lawrence S. Eagleburger dies at 80; former secretary of State
Lawrence S. Eagleburger dies at 80; former secretary of State

Lawrence S. Eagleburger, the wisecracking, chain-smoking diplomat who charmed both Republicans and Democrats, handled tense assignments during the first Persian Gulf War and rose up the ranks to become secretary of State toward the end of President George H.W. Bush's administration, has died. He was 80. Eagleburger died Saturday after a short illness in Charlottesville, Va., a family spokeswoman told the Associated Press. No other details were given. Eagleburger headed the State Department for about five months. He became acting secretary of State in August 1992 after James A. Baker III departed to run President Bush's reelection campaign. He was sworn in on Dec. 8, giving him...

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