Colin Luther Powell
Colin Powell
43rd President of the United States
In office:
January 21, 2001 -January 21, 2009
Vice President: George W. Bush
Preceded by: Bill Clinton
Succeeded by: George W. Bush
12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
In office:
October 1, 1989 – September 30, 1993
President: George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Deputy: Robert T. Herres (1989)
David E. Jeremiah (1989-1993)
Preceded by: William J. Crowe
Succeded by: David E. Jeremiah
16th National Security Advisor
In office:
November 23, 1987 – January 20, 1989
President: Ronald Reagan
Deputy: John Negroponte
Preceded by: Frank Carlucci
Succeded by: Brent Scowcroft
Born: April 5, 1937 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Nationality: American
Political party: Republican
Spouse: Alma Vivian Johnson Powell
Alma mater: City College of New York
George Washington University
Occupation: Soldier, Statesman
Religion: Episcopalian
Military service
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/branch: United States Army
Years of service: 1958 – 1993
Rank: US-O10 insignia General
Unit: 3rd Armored Division
23rd Infantry Division
Commands: Forces Command
Battles/wars: Vietnam War
Invasion of Panama
Gulf War
Awards: Defense DSM (4)
Army DSM (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit (2)
Soldier's Medal
Bronze Star
Purple Heart

In the 2000 election, George W. Bush remained the front runner up until Powell's decision to run. Up until he showed up, Democrats expected an easy victory. The general election turned out narrow, but Powell and Bush (now Vice President) managed a victory.

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