Charles âChuckâ Colson, once President Nixonâs âhatchet manâ who was convicted on Watergate charges, has become a prominent evangelical leader.
Created by washingtonpost on Mar 2, 2011
Last updated: 07/13/11 at 01:00 PM
For Colsonâs work with prisoners, Bush gives him one of the highest honors the government can bestow upon a civilian. Photo: Colson quotes from the Bible during a speech in 2011 (Bill O'Leary/Post)
Colson appears across the national news media criticizing former FBI official Mark Felt, who was publicly identified as the Washington Postâs Watergate source Deep Throat.
Photo: Joan Felt and her father Mark Felt, a.k.a. "Deep Throat," at their home in Santa Rosa, Ca., in 2005.
Colson co-signs the Land Letter, in which several evangelical leaders offer religious reasons for a preemptive strike. Photo: Colson speaks at a conference in 2011 in Leesburg, Va (Bill O'Leary/Post).
A quarter-century after his felony conviction took away his right to vote, Bush reinstates Colsonâs civil rights.
Photo: Colson bears testimony at a conference for 10,000 evangelical Protestants at Amsterdam's RAI congress center Wednesday, August 2, 2000. (Peter Dejong/AP)
Colson is awarded The Templeton Prize, worth approximately $1.5 million.
Photo: Colson with Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla) and Gary Bauer of the Family Research council (right) after a Senate voted failed to override President Clinton's late-term abortion veto in 1996.
Colson publishes "Born Again," which sold more than 2 million copies and was made into a feature film. Photo: Actor Dean Jones, who plays the part of Colson in the new movie "Born Again," has his tie adjusted by the associate producer of the movie Paul Temple, at a dinner before the premiere of the movie, Sept. 24, 1978 in Washington. Colson looks on at center with ex-Senator Harold Hughes who plays himself in the film about Colson's involvement in Watergate and his subsequent conversion to Christianity. (Charles Tasnadi/AP).
Colson founds Prison Fellowship, a non-profit organization designed to bring a Christian worldview to inmates.
Photo: Colson and singer Pat Boone talk about âDecency in the Mediaâ before a meeting of The National Religious Broadcasters in Washington Monday, Feb. 23, 1976. (PBR/AP)
After serving seven months in an Alabama prison, Colson is released.
Colson pleads guilty to obstruction of justice in the Watergate-related Daniel Ellsberg âPentagon Papersâ case and is sentenced to 1-3 years in prison and fined $5,000.
Photo: Daniel Ellsberg talks to the press about the Pentagon Papers trial in 1973 (AP)
Colson and six other presidential aides are charged with conspiring to cover up the Watergate burglary.
Photo: Former White House aide Charles W. Colson arrives June 21, 1974 at U.S. District Court in Washington to be sentenced for obstructing justice. He pled guilty to one count, carrying a maxmum penalty of five years in prison and a $3,000 fine. (bd/AP Photo)
Nearly a year after Colsonâs name was first linked to the Watergate controversy, he returns to the practice of law.
Photo: Charles Colson in an interview in 1973 (File photo/Post)
Colson is named one of the presidentâs closest political advisers, particularly on building a new conservative majority. In this job he became involved in illegal political activities and creating Nixonâs infamous âenemies list.â
Photo: Colson faces reporters after he was charged in the Watergate cover-up, March 1, 1974. (Charles Bennett/AP)
Colson serves as counsel to Nixon's Key Issues Committee.
Photo: Colson enters a House intelligence subcommittee Friday June 29, 1973 to testify to the assertion that he approved and helped secure CIA disguises for an effort to obtain information on Senator Edward M. Kennedy's Chappaquidick accident. (File/AP)