John Dean Biography: Wife, Net Worth, Age, Height, Books, Kids, Wikipedia

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John Dean is an American attorney who gained fame as the White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

His role in the cover-up and subsequent testimony to Congress made him a key figure in one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

After the scandal, Dean became a commentator, author, and lecturer, offering insights into contemporary politics and legal issues.


  • Full Name: John Wesley Dean III
  • Date of Birth: October 14, 1938
  • Age: 85 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Akron, Ohio, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Attorney, Author, Commentator
  • Height: 182cm
  • Parents: N/A
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse(s): Karla Ann Hennings (divorced in 1970), Maureen “Mo” Kane (married in 1972)
  • Children: John Wesley Dean IV
  • Relationship Status: Married to Maureen “Mo” Kane
  • Net Worth: $6 million

Early Life & Education

John Wesley Dean III, now 85 years old, was born on October 14, 1938, and raised in Akron, Ohio.

He grew up in Marion, Ohio, and attended grade school in Flossmoor, Illinois. Dean had a close connection to politics from an early age, as his hometown was also the hometown of President Warren Harding, for whom Dean would later become a biographer.

He attended Colgate University and later transferred to the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1961.

Dean went on to earn his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1965.

Personal Life

Dean has been married twice in his life. He first married Karla Ann Hennings on February 4, 1962, and they had a son named John Wesley Dean IV before divorcing in 1970.

Dean then married Maureen “Mo” Kane on October 13, 1972, and they have been together ever since.


After completing his education, Dean joined the law firm Welch & Morgan in Washington, D.C.

However, he was fired due to alleged conflict of interest violations. In 1966, he served as the chief minority counsel to the Republicans on the United States House Committee on the Judiciary.

He later became the associate director of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws. Dean’s career took a significant turn when he volunteered to write position papers on crime for Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign 1968.

This led to his appointment as associate deputy in the office of the United States Attorney General in 1969. In 1970, Dean accepted the position of White House Counsel, replacing Chuck Colson. It was during his time in this role that the Watergate scandal unfolded.

Watergate Scandal

The Watergate scandal began with a meeting in January 1972 between Dean, Jeb Magruder, and John Mitchell, discussing a plan for intelligence-gathering operations during Nixon’s re-election campaign.

Dean’s involvement in covering up the subsequent break-ins at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters led to his central role in the scandal.

He took custody of evidence and money from the burglaries and destroyed some of it before investigators could find it.

Dean’s guilty plea to obstruction of justice and his subsequent cooperation with prosecutors became crucial in exposing the extent of the cover-up.

He testified before the Senate Watergate Committee, implicating administration officials, including Nixon. Dean’s testimony, combined with the discovery of Nixon’s secret White House tape recordings, ultimately led to the resignation of Nixon and the conviction of several key figures in the scandal.

Net Worth

John Dean’s estimated net worth is $6 million.

Social Media

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