Dwight Chapin

Dwight L. Chapin (born December 2, 1940) was Deputy Assistant to the President Richard M. Nixon. Chapin was born in Wichita, Kansas. He got his first experience in California politics in 1958 at the American Legion's Boys State summer program, where he was elected the head of the Tory Party. His counterpart, the Whig Party leader, was Stacy Keach, who went into acting as a career. Mr. Chapin studied at the University of Southern California, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, graduating in 1963. When Nixon ran for California Governor in 1962, Chapin, then a student at USC, was a paid Field Man (the on-the-ground organizational leaders for election campaigns)and worked with the volunteer organization. After the 1962 campaign while still at USC he was hired by H.R. Haldeman to work at the J. Walter Thompson Company in Los Angeles. Chapin was part of Nixon's Presidential campaign from 1967 to 1968, serving as the President's Personal Aide. Time magazine described him as "young, athletic, religious, handsome, clean-cut, bright, ambitious, and tough." He was Special Assistant to the President (1968-71) and then Deputy Assistant (1971-73).


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