The Meso Foundation Mourns Another Hero and Great Public Servant to Meso

Hamilton Jordan


Hamilton Jordan, a political strategist from Georgia who helped propel Jimmy Carter to the White House and served as his chief of staff, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Jordan, 63, died at his home in Atlanta about 7:30 p.m., said Gerald Rafshoon, who was Carter's chief of communications.

Mr. Jordan's battle with cancer began 22 years ago, when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, followed by bouts with melanoma and prostate cancer.

Rafshoon said a memorial service was planned Friday at The Carter Center in Atlanta. Mr. Jordan was born in Charlotte, N.C., in 1944 and raised in Albany, Ga. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a political science degree in 1967.

Rafshoon said Mr. Jordan was a key figure in Carter's 1976 presidential campaign because he conceived a strategy to have Carter campaign in every state — even years in advance — and targeted early voting states.

During Carter's administration, Mr. Jordan participated in the Camp David talks and "worked tirelessly" in the Iranian hostage crisis, Rafshoon said.

Mr. Jordan viewed Carter as "the right man for the times, after Watergate, Vietnam," Rafshoon said.

Mr. Jordan ran in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 1986. He lost to Wyche Fowler, who won the general election.

Mr. Jordan worked for H. Ross Perot's presidential bid in 1992. Later he worked with Unity08, an independent political group.

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