Mark Felt was born in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1913. He went to Twin Falls High School, and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1935. In 1938 Felt married a girl from Gooding, Audrey Robinson.
Felt went to work for U.S. Senator from Idaho James P. Pope, and later worked for his successor David Worth Clark.
Going to school nights, Felt earned a law degree from George Washington University, graduating in 1940. He started a career with the FBI in 1941, working his way up to the second highest spot in the bureau, associate director in 1972, retiring in 1973.
Oh, and he was “Deep Throat.”
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post, depended heavily on his anonymous tips during the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon.
Only a handful of people (including Nixon) knew who “Deep Throat” was, until Vanity Fair magazine revealed the secret on May 31, 2005, when it published an article on its website, followed up by an article in the magazine’s June edition (photo).
Mark Felt passed away December 18, 2008 at the age of 95.