Donald B. Ayer

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BornApril 30, 1949
San Mateo, California
Alma materStanford University, Harvard Law School
ReligionRoman Catholic
SpouseAnne Norton

Donald Belton Ayer[1] is an American attorney who was made 24th United States Deputy Attorney General from 1989 to 1990, under President George H. W. Bush.[2]

Education and career

Ayer graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1971, with great distinction. In 1973, he graduated from Harvard University with a Master of Arts in American History, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975.[3] He clerked for Judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, followed by a year with Associate Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1976 Term.

From 1977 to 1980, Ayer served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Ayer as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, and he held that position from 1981 to 1986. From 1986 to 1988, he served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, and as Deputy Attorney General from 1989 until May 1990, when he was succeeded by William Barr.[4][5]

Ayer entered private practice after leaving government service, and became a partner at Jones Day.[3]


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