Owen Lassiter
Owen Lassiter poster
42nd President of the United States
Asumed office:
January 20, 1991 - Incumbent
Vice President: ( Vacant) (1991 - 1999 )
Preceded By :

Wire Newman

Succeeded By : Josiah Bartlet
Born: March 15, 1925
Topeka, Kansas
Birth name: Owen Lassiter
Political party: Republican
Spouse: Elizabeth Cass "Libby" Hauser (married 1953)
Children: Richard Lassiter (adopted)
Alma mater: University of California
Occupation: Politician
Religion: Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/branch: U.S. Marine Corp
Years of service: 1943-1953
Rank: Commander
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Owen Lassiter was a former President of the United States who died in January 2004.

Background Edit

Lassiter made his home in Costa Mesa, California. He was described as an "Attila the Hun conservative." Josiah Bartlet considered him a "pompous, arrogant know-it-all." [1]

Presidential administrationEdit

Lassiter's administration is considered partially responsible for causing or enhancing many of the Middle Eastern problems that the Bartlet administration faced years later.[1]

Notable Members of the Lassiter Administration Edit


President Lassiter spent many of his last years travelling to foreign countries, including the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam. He maintained a habit of telephone communication with former President D. Wire Newman and current President Bartlet, generally regarding issues of the day or historical former Presidents.[1]

On a trip to China with Congressman Glen Allen Walken, Lassiter was forced to relieve himself in some bushes in Beijing when a restroom was unavailable. Walken would later speak fondly of the incident and Lassiter's reciting of Lincoln's second State of the Union during the situation.[1]

During the MS scandal in 2001 and 2002, Lassiter made phone calls to President Newman, advising him to stay off the media trail and not denounce President Bartlet.[1]

Lassiter spent his last years continuing his travels. He travelled not only to foreign countries and sites of foreign battlefields, but also sites of American battlefields of the Civil War. He collected jars of dirt from the battlefields and spent most of his time at the replica of the Oval Office in his library.

In late 2003, Lassiter had hip replacement surgery, and he was still recovering from his surgery in early 2004. He slept, ate, and operated mostly out of his Oval Office replica.[1]

Lassiter made several calls to President Bartlet, as well as writing him a letter, entitled Need for an American Empire. Lassiter gave his last call to the White House the same night of his death, postponing a trip to Ford's Theater by President Bartlet.[1]

He was found deceased in his Oval Office, from complications due to his hip surgery.[1]

Funeral Edit

The funeral of President Lassiter was held at the Owen Lassiter Library in Costa Mesa, California. It was coordinated by Mrs. Lassiter and Donna Moss.[1]


President Lassiter was played by an unknown stand-in. His hands as he wrote his letter were the only physical time he was seen, and his image was seen on posters at his funeral.

Lassiter may have been Bartlet's predecessor. This is never directly stated however. This is indirectly referenced in The Stormy Present ("Now I realize the men on this plane are the only others who have been there before and really know").

Lassiter appears to be based on the real life U.S. President Ronald Reagan; he was a Democrat turned Republican who served as the Governor of California before being elected to two terms as President. Like Reagan, he was known for his strongly conservative views.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Episode 5x10 "The Stormy Present"
  2. Debate Camp
  3. Disaster Relief
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See Also: MonroeFordCarterReaganG.H.W. BushClintonG.W. Bush

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