Archibald Cox

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Cox, Archibald

(1912–  ) professor of law, solicitor general; born in Plainfield, N.J. A widely published expert on labor law and long time professor at Harvard (1946–61, 1965–84), he served as solicitor general of the United States under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (1961–65). He became widely known as director of the office of the Watergate special prosecution force (1973); he was fired when he demanded that President Richard Nixon turn over possibly incriminating tapes. In 1980 he became chairman of Common Cause.