Charles Taylor Manatt
|United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic|
December 17, 1999 – March 1, 2001
|Preceded by||Donna Hrinak|
|Succeeded by||Hans H. Hertell|
|Chairman of the Democratic National Committee|
February 27, 1981 – February 1, 1985
|Preceded by||John C. White|
|Succeeded by||Paul G. Kirk|
June 9, 1936|
July 22, 2011
|Spouse(s)||Kathleen Manatt (m. 1957)|
|Children||Michele Anne Manatt, Timothy Taylor Manatt, and Daniel Charles Manatt|
|Alma mater||George Washington University School of Law|
Manatt was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1981 to 1985. In those years, he supervised and directed the 1984 democratic national convention. He was a George Washington University. His widow is Kathleen K. Manatt.
Manatt was a former Chair of the International Foundation of Election Systems Board of Director. He and his wife Kathleen established the Manatt Democracy Studies Fellowship Program in 1998.
Manatt died on July 22, 2011 at the age of 75.
Early life 1
- Family 1.1
- Education 1.2
Personal life 2
- Marriage and children 2.1
- Foundation of the law firm 3
- National political life 4
- Later life 5
- Death 6
- References 7
- External links 8
Manatt was born on June 9, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. Son of William Price Manatt, and Lucille Taylor Manatt, the youngest of two boys alongside Richard P. Manatt. Although born in Chicago, he grew up in Audubon, Iowa, helping his father, a farmer, care for the family farm. His mother was a school teacher and later a homemaker. He attended elementary, middle and high school in Audubon. In his sophomore year, he began dating Kathy Klinkefus, who later became his wife.
In 1954, Manatt began studying at George Washington University. Manatt sat on the Council on American Politics, which brings together leaders from across the nation to address issues facing the growth and enrichment of the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.
Marriage and children
Manatt married Kathleen (Kathy) Klinkefus on December 29, 1957 in Audubon, Iowa. They then moved to Washington, D.C. where they had their first child, Michele. Then, the family moved to Los Angeles, where they had two boys, Timothy and Daniel. The boys went to public school, while their daughter studied at a combination of public and private schools. She is a graduate of the Westlake School for Girls in West Los Angeles, now known as Harvard-Westlake. While Michele was attending the University of California at Berkeley, the family moved back to Washington D.C, where the two boys attended and graduated from Sidwell Friends School. Manatt continued expanding the Law Firm, where it grew to have offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Washington, D.C, Orange County, CA, Palo Alto, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Albany.
Foundation of the law firm
In 1965, while living in Los Angeles he founded the Manatt law firm with his long-time friend and colleague Thomas Phelps, a banking and finance attorney. He began his legal career focusing on banking and financial services. In 1976, Mickey Kantor joined the firm and his name was added to the letterhead, until his departure in 1993. L. Lee Phillips, an entertainment lawyer, joined the firm in 1977, and became a named partner soon after. For its founding location, the firm headquarters are in Los Angeles. Over time, offices were opened in 8 different cities, primarily in California, but also in New York and Washington D.C.. In 2007, the law firm was employing 380 attorneys. It was founded as a general practice, now incorporating litigation, Corporate Finance, Entertainment, Health Care, Real Estate, Advertising, and lobbying. Some of their notable clients are: In advertising, Coca Cola Company, and Yahoo!; In entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Eagles, and in consumer services, AT&T, Hilton Hotels Corporation, and Time Warner. Their internal revenue in 2007 was $242 million.
National political life
In 1981, Manatt became the national chairman of the George H. W. Bush.
At the time of his death Manatt resided in Washington, D.C. where he helped run and work at his law firm, and was engaged in numerous civic activities. He had a granddaughter and grandson, Victoria and Patrick, the children of his daughter Michele Manatt, a former U.S. State Department and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy official, and her husband Wolfram Anders, an investment professional with the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. Their son Daniel, founder of politicstv.com, and his wife Nikole Manatt, staff member of the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, have three children, Allison, Caitlin, and Charles Lucas.
Charles Manatt died at age 75 on the evening of July 22, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia after prolonged illness and hospitalization.
- Manatt's Bio at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
- Manatt/Phelps Lecture at Iowa State University
- Official Biography from the State Department
- List of DNC Chairmen
|Party political offices|
John C. White
Democratic National Committee Chairman
Paul G. Kirk
Mari Carmen Aponte
United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
Hans H. Hertell