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Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
In office
January 3, 1993 â€“ January 3, 1995
Preceded by Lloyd Bentsen
Succeeded by Bob Packwood
Chair of the Senate Environment Committee
In office
September 8, 1992 â€“ January 3, 1993
Preceded by Quentin Burdick
Succeeded by Max Baucus
United States Senator
from New York
In office
January 3, 1977 â€“ January 3, 2001
Preceded by James Buckley
Succeeded by Hillary Clinton
12th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
June 30, 1975 â€“ February 2, 1976
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by John Scali
Succeeded by Bill Scranton
10th United States Ambassador to India
In office
February 28, 1973 â€“ January 7, 1975
President Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded by Kenneth Keating
Succeeded by Bill Saxbe
Counselor to the President
In office
November 5, 1969 â€“ December 31, 1970
Alongside Bryce Harlow
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Arthur Burns
Succeeded by Donald Rumsfeld
White House Urban Affairs Advisor
In office
January 23, 1969 â€“ November 4, 1969
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by John Ehrlichman (Domestic Affairs)
Personal details
Born (1927-03-16)March 16, 1927
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died March 26, 2003(2003-03-26) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Liz Brennan
Alma mater City University of New York, City College
Middlebury College
Tufts University (BS, BA, MA, PhD)
London School of Economics
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1944–1947

The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
If you don't have 30 years to devote to social policy, don't get involved.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The liberal left can be as rigid and destructive as any force in American life.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people. They were founded by people with extraordinary intelligence, ambition, and aggressiveness.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan