Dwight Chapin

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Dwight L. Chapin (b. December 2, 1940) was Deputy Assistant to the President Richard M. Nixon.

Chapin was born in Wichita, Kansas. He studied at the University of Southern California, graduating in 1963. Despite being politically active while in university at first he worked for the J. Walter Thompson Company in Los Angeles. Having assisted in Nixon's campaign for Governor of California in 1962 Chapin was part of Nixon's Presidential campaign from 1967 to 1968.

He was Special Assistant to the President (1968-71) and then Deputy Assistant (1971-73). He was appointment secretary, responsible for scheduling presidential activities and appointments. Chapin also oversaw the hiring and supervising of the Presidential advance men, and headed that group in 1969 to prepare for Nixon's trip to the People's Republic of China.

Under Nixon the advance men had extended their activities to include disrupting the campaigns of Democratic Presidential hopefuls throughout the 1972 Presidential primary season through acts of political sabotage and espionage - known as the "dirty tricks" campaign.

Among those hired by Chapin was Donald Segretti in September 1971, who later testified about the activities of the advance men, including Chapin's supervisory role. Chapin denied any knowledge of Segretti or the activities that Segretti detailed during grand jury testimony.

In 1974 Chapin was found guilty of lying to the grand jury and served 8 months in jail (August 10, 1975 to April 2, 1976). After his release he worked for W. Clement Stone Enterprises in Chicago and from 1977-79 published a magazine called Success Unlimited.

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