Lawrence Eagleburger: Statesman, Tea-Partier, unusual child-namer
Retired high-level diplomat Lawrence Eagleburger, an Albemarle County resident, has died at the age of 80, according to various reports. Eagleburger, who served George H.W. Bush briefly as Secretary of State, was a widower who lived on Owensville Road near Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.
An outspoken conservative, Eagleburger challenged authority by various means including questioning the readiness of Sarah Palin, participating in a Jefferson Area Tea Party rally, and giving all three sons his own first name, the latter an ego-fueled bid to vex the Social Security Administration– or so he once quipped.
At the 2009 Tax Day rally held at what's now called the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Eagleburger told the crowd that "Don't Tread on Me" would be an appropriate motto for the Tea Party's lower-tax philosophy.
County records indicate that Eagleburger bought his 21-acre Owensville Road farmette in 1989 and that his interest in low taxes included keeping the place enrolled in Albemarle's so-called "land use" taxation program, with the result that the County discounts its tax value by about $400,000. Eagleburger also owned an additional house in Albemarle, a four-acre spread near Batesville.Read more on: lawrence eagleburger