World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Charles Taylor Manatt

Charles Manatt
Manatt (far right) with Mayor of Santo Domingo and former singer Johnny Ventura and Ventura's wife in 2000.
United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
In office
December 17, 1999 – March 1, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Donna Hrinak
Succeeded by Hans H. Hertell
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
In office
February 27, 1981 – February 1, 1985
Preceded by John C. White
Succeeded by Paul G. Kirk
Personal details
Born (1936-06-09)June 9, 1936
Chicago, Illinois
Died July 22, 2011(2011-07-22) (aged 75)
Richmond, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kathleen Manatt (m. 1957)
Children Michele Anne Manatt, Timothy Taylor Manatt, and Daniel Charles Manatt
Residence Washington, DC
Alma mater George Washington University School of Law
Occupation Lawyer, Politician
Profession Politics, Law
Religion Methodist

Charles Taylor Manatt (June 9, 1936 – July 22, 2011[1]) was a U.S. Democratic Party political figure. He was an American lawyer, politician and businessman.

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

Early life


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.

Personal life

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.

In 1987, he chaired Illinois Sen. Paul Simon's presidential campaign and co-chaired the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, 1992.[2]

Later life

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, 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.[3]


  1. ^ Shaila Dewan (July 23, 2011). "Charles Manatt, Former Democratic National Chairman, Dies at 75".  
  2. ^ "Charles Manatt, former DNC chair, dies at 75 - Mike Allen". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  3. ^ Barabak, Mark (July 23, 2011). "Charles T. Manatt, Democratic Party leader and diplomat, dies at 75".  

External links

  • 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
Preceded by
John C. White
Democratic National Committee Chairman
Succeeded by
Paul G. Kirk
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mari Carmen Aponte
United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
Succeeded by
Hans H. Hertell
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.