William Safire dies; Wrote for Nixon, New York Times

The speechwriter for President Nixon and Pulitzer-winning columnist also stood guard over the language.

Last Updated: September 27, 2009 @ 2:42 PM

William Safire, a speechwriter for President Nixon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning winning political columnist for The New York Times who also wrote novels, books on politics and a Malaprop’s treasury of articles on language, died at a hospice in Rockville, Md. on Sunday. He was 79.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Martin Tolchin, a friend of the family.

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