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May 21, 2008

Atlanta - He was Jimmy carter's right hand man. A man whose rise White House Chief of Staff began in South Georgia.

Raised in Albany, his father's hometown, Hamilton Jordan went on to attend the University of Georgia - and soon after - began his work as a key strategist in Jimmy Carter's campaign for governor and later, his presidency.

The youngest White House Chief of staff in history play key roles during the Carter administration with the Camp Davis peace talks between Israel and Egypt and the Panama Canal Treaties.

But after the White House, Jordan battled cancer for many years, losing his fight Tuesday  night at the age of 63.

President Carter issued a statement Tuesday saying "Hamilton was my closest political advisor, a trusted confidant and my friend. His judgment, insight and wisdom were excelled only by his compassion and love of our country."