11 Facts About Leonard Garment


Leonard Garment was an American attorney, public servant, and arts advocate.


Leonard Garment served US presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in the White House in various positions from 1969 to 1976, including Counselor to the President, acting Special Counsel to Nixon for the last two years of his presidency, and US Ambassador to the Third Committee at the United Nations.


Leonard Garment became the head of litigation and a partner in the late fifties.


Leonard Garment met Richard Nixon when the politician joined the firm in 1963.


In 1969, Leonard Garment became a part of Nixon's White House staff as special consultant to the president.


Leonard Garment was the author of two books: the autobiography Crazy Rhythm: From Brooklyn and Jazz to Nixon's White House, Watergate, and Beyond, and In Search of Deep Throat: The Greatest Political Mystery of Our Time.


Leonard Garment was mistaken in his selection of Sears, who told Garment explicitly that he was not Deep Throat.


Leonard Garment had a long association with the arts, starting with his early career as a jazz saxophonist with Woody Herman's band playing with Alan Greenspan before he entered law school.


Leonard Garment was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2005 as an arts advocate and patron.


Tim Russert credited Leonard Garment with getting him into the news business as Garment had a friend at NBC News who was looking to rebuild their news division.


Leonard Garment died July 13,2013 at his Manhattan home, at the age of 89.