Maurice Stans

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(accountant, deep state functionary)
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BornMaurice Hubert Stans
Shakopee, Minnesota, U.S.
Died1998-04-14 (Age 90)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University, Columbia University
SpouseKathleen Stans
Nixon associate who handled black funds

Employment.png United States Secretary of Commerce

In office
January 21, 1969 - February 15, 1972

Employment.png Director of the Bureau of the Budget

In office
March 18, 1958 - January 21, 1961

Maurice Hubert Stans was an American accountant, high-ranking civil servant, Cabinet member, and political organizer. He was the finance chairman for the Committee to Re-elect the President, working for the re-election of Richard Nixon. He was convicted on multiple counts under the Federal Election Campaign Act that were revealed during the larger investigation into the Watergate scandal.

Early life, education, early career

Stans was born on March 22, 1908 in Shakopee, Minnesota, the son of James Hubert Stans and Mathilda Stans (nee Nyssen). His father was the only child of Jan Hendrik Stans and Maria Catharina Crijns, a Belgian couple who immigrated to the United States in 1880.[1] Stans graduated from Shakopee High School in 1925. He worked at a local foundry before traveling to Chicago to find work with friend, Otto F. Schultz. The same year he began work as a stenographer and bookkeeper for a Chicago importer, while attending evening classes at Northwestern University. In 1928 he joined the Chicago-based firm of Alexander Grant and Company, certified public accountants, and continued his part-time studies at Columbia University while working at the firm's New York City office. He attended Columbia from 1928 to 1930. He was an executive partner with the Alexander Grant & Co. accounting firm in Chicago from 1940 until 1955. He was a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in New York, Ohio and Virginia. He was President of the American Institute of Accountants from 1954 to 1955 and won the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service to the Profession in 1954. He was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 1960.[2]

Public servant under Eisenhower and Nixon

He later served as United States Postmaster General from 1955 to 1957, in the Dwight Eisenhower administration. He was deputy director of the Bureau of the Budget from 1957 to 1958, and director of the Bureau of the Budget from 1958 to 1961, still under Eisenhower. He joined the Nixon administration as Secretary of Commerce from 1969 to 1972. In 1961, Stans was one of the founders of the African Wildlife Foundation.[3]


Full article: Watergate

In mid-February 1972, Stans resigned as the US Secretary of Commerce, to chair the Committee for the Re-Election of the President (CRP), Richard Nixon's re-election campaign. Money that he raised for the campaign was clearly used to finance some or all of the illegal Watergate activities. Stans denied any knowledge of what the money was used for, only that it was authorized to be spent.

On 12 March 1975, Stans pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the reporting sections of the Federal Election Campaign Act and two counts of accepting illegal campaign contributions. He was fined $5,000.[4] The convictions were related to improperly giving campaign funds to G. Gordon Liddy, though Stans insisted that his guilt ended there and that he was not aware of Liddy's plan to use the money for what became the Watergate break in.[5]

He later authored a book, The Terrors of Justice: The Untold Side of Watergate, in which he detailed his side of the Watergate story.

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