Former Lexington Resident Linked To Watergate Coverup Dies

May 16, 2014

Jeb Stuart Magruder, the man who claimed to have heard President Richard Nixon order the Watergate break-in, has died. He was 79.

Former Watergate Conspirator and one-time Lexington resident Jeb Magruder
Former Watergate Conspirator and one-time Lexington resident Jeb Magruder
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Jeff Hull, owner of Hull Funeral Service in Danbury, Connecticut, says Magruder died May 11 of complications from a stroke.

Magruder was a businessman who became Nixon's deputy campaign director and then served in the Republican president's administration.

He spent seven months in prison for lying about the involvement of Nixon's re-election committee in the 1972 break-in at Washington's Watergate complex. The burglary eventually led to the president's resignation.

Magruder later became a minister serving in California, Ohio and here in Lexington, Kentucky.  Magruder also spent time as a church fundraising consultant.

In 2003, he moved to suburban Columbus, Ohio.