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Photos: Vernon E. Jordan Jr., lawyer and D.C. political power broker, dies at 85

Vernon Jordan reached the peak of his quiet authority during the 1990s, when he had Bill Clinton’s ear through two terms as president, including when Clinton faced an investigation and impeachment over a relationship with a White House intern.

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March 11, 1976 | Columbia, S.C.

Vernon Jordan, director of the National Urban League, at lectern, is applauded after addressing a joint session of the South Carolina Legislature. From left: Rep. Harold R. Ham, Speaker Rex Carter, Rep. Theo W. Mitchell, Lt. Gov. W. Brantley Harvey Jr., Jordan and Sen. Thomas D. Wise.

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Lou Krasky/AP

July 27, 1977 | Washington

Jordan talks to reporters during a news conference.

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AP

Dec. 4, 1978 | Washington

Jordan attends a meeting at the White House with President Jimmy Carter.

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Barry Thumma/AP

May 18, 1981 | Philadelphia

Jordan receives the vestments of his honorary doctor of laws degree during commencement exercises at the University of Pennsylvania.

July 20, 1981 | Washington

Vice President George Bush shakes hands with Jordan at a Washington hotel after addressing a session of the Urban League's conference.

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Barry Thumma/AP

Nov. 18, 1992 | Little Rock

President-Elect Bill Clinton meets with Vice President-elect Al Gore and Vernon Jordan at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.

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Greg Gibson/AP

Aug. 22, 1993 | Oak Bluffs, Mass.

President Bill Clinton receives some consoling advice from Jordan after Clinton hit a bad shot during their golf match at the Farm Neck Golf Club at Martha's Vineyard.

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Marcy Nighswander/AP

Jan. 27, 1998 | Washington

Jordan gestures as he leaves his home.

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Khue Bui/AP

March 5, 1998 | Washington

Jordan exits the courthouse after testifying before a grand jury regarding sex and perjury allegations surrounding Clinton.

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Robert A. Reeder/The Washington Post

Jan. 31, 2003 | Washington

Cecilia Marshall laughs with Jordan during a program celebrating the release of a postage stamp commemorating Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

Feb. 2, 2009 | Washington

Jordan attends the ceremonial swearing-in of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department.

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Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Nov. 24, 2009 | Washington

Vernon and Ann Jordan attend President Barack Obama's first state dinner.

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Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

May 7, 2016 | Washington

From left, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; Jordan, a member of the Howard University Board of Trustees; and Obama share a moment during the 2016 commencement ceremony at Howard University.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images