DIED When he became President Jimmy Carter's chief of staff in 1979, Hamilton Jordan--then 34--was one of the youngest ever to ascend to the post. Jordan began working for Carter during his first gubernatorial campaign and earned a spot in the future President's inner circle by crafting an audacious blueprint for winning the Oval Office. After Carter's election, Jordan served as a key adviser on both domestic and international affairs, counseling Carter on the Panama Canal treaty and the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. He died at age 63 after a long battle with cancer.

As a nun working for the Boston...

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