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This Day in Georgia History

September 21, 1944

Hamilton Jordan Born

Political advisor Hamilton McWhorter Jordan was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. Grandson of Hamilton McWhorter, Sr. of Oglethorpe County, he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967. Jordan managed Jimmy Carter’s campaign for governor in 1970, subsequently serving as his executive secretary until April 1973. Jordan also managed Carter’s campaign for the presidency in 1976 and served as a key advisor. Jordan was President Carter’s chief of staff from 1979 to 1980. In 1985, Jordan was diagnosed with histiocytic lymphoma, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After aggressive chemotherapy treatment, the cancer went into remission. In 1986, Jordan unsuccessfully ran in Georgia for the U.S. Senate. In 1992, he briefly managed Ross Perot’s presidential campaign. Later, he developed prostate cancer, battled it for years, before finally passing away on May 20, 2008.