Samuel Dash

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Person.png Samuel Dash   NNDBRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, academic)
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BornFebruary 27, 1925
Camden, New Jersey
Died2004-05-29 (Age 79)
Alma materTemple University, Harvard Law School
ParentsJoseph and Ida Dash
Children • Judi Dash
• Rachel Dash
SpouseSara Dash
Member ofUS/Senate/Watergate Committee
Member of the Watergate commission.

Samuel Dash was an American lawyer. He was chief counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee during the Watergate scandal. Dash became famous for his televised interrogations during the hearings held by the United States Congress on the Watergate incident.


In 1955 he became a district attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he later went into private practice.

Dash became a law professor at Georgetown University, where he was working when he was requested to assist United States Senator Sam Ervin, head of the Senate Committee charged to investigate the possible involvement of President Richard Nixon in an attempted break in, and its subsequent cover up, of offices used by the Democratic Party at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. He was given a leave of absence by the university to take on this position.[1]

Two decades later, Dash was again in the news after resigning his post as ethics adviser to independent counsel Kenneth Starr. After working for the investigation for four years, Dash resigned to protest Starr's appearance before the United States House Committee on the Judiciary. Dash felt that Starr was acting as an "aggressive advocate" instead of an impartial investigator.

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