U.S. attorney general. Born in Oakland, Calif., Meese received a B.A. from Yale (1953) and an LL.B. from the University of California, Berkeley (1956). After working at the Piedmont, Calif., Recreation Department, he became deputy district attorney in Alameda county, Calif., in 1959. In 1967, he joined the staff of Governor Ronald Reagan as legal affairs secretary, holding this post until 1969, when he became Reagan's executive assistant and chief of staff. He also served as the chairman of the Governor's Emergency Operations council during the urban and campus disorders of the 1960s and early 1970s.

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