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American Caspar WEINBERGER

born Caspar Willard WEINBERGER

American politician and businessman, 15th United States Secretary of Defense

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on August 18, 1917 in San Francisco, California, USA
Died: on March 28, 2006 in Bangor, Maine, USA


Weinberger was born in San Francisco, California, the younger of two sons of Herman Weinberger, a Colorado-born lawyer. His mother, the former Cerise Carpenter Hampson, was an accomplished violinist. His father was of Jewish Bohemian descent, while his maternal grandparents were immigrants from England. Weinberger had stated that his mother's Episcopal religion was "an enormous influence and comfort all my life". Weinberger was named "Caspar" for a friend of his mother's; his father began calling him "Cap", a nickname that stuck into adulthood.

Weinberger was a first cousin of the nationally-broadcast radio personality Don McNeill of Don McNeill's Breakfast Club. Caspar Weinberger's father Herman was the younger brother of Luella Weinberger McNeill, mother of Don McNeill. The 1910 Census shows Herman and Luella living in the household of Nathan Weinberger, the grandfather of Caspar Weinberger.

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