Life and career[edit | edit source]
Young was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He received degrees from Wheaton College, Illinois, and Oxford University, as well as a law degree from Cornell University, New York. In 1965, he was employed with law offices of Millbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, New York.
Young began his work for the Nixon administration in 1969 when he was appointed Special Assistant to the National Security Council. In 1971, Young worked with Egil Krogh, deputy to John D. Ehrlichman. This assignment was concerned with domestic and external security.
In this role, Young investigated information leaks within the Nixon administration, ultimately being jointly responsible with Egil Krogh for the founding of the White House Special Investigations Unit, subsequently known as "The Plumbers" ("We stop leaks"). (It is said that Young's grandfather was a plumber, and that this was his inspiration for the name.)
E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, of the Plumbers unit, participated in clandestine (and ultimately illegal) activities, the most notorious being the attempted 1971 burglary of the offices of Daniel Ellsberg's former psychiatrist and the attempted 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate complex.
During the investigation of these attempted burglaries Young was granted limited immunity on the motion of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (the "Senate Watergate Investigation Committee") and the approval of United States District Judge John J. Sirica on July 5, 1973.
Young subsequently moved to Oxford, England, where he completed a doctorate and went on to found and run Oxford Analytica, a politics and economics consulting firm, of which he is Chairman. The basis of the format for its briefings was the "Presidential Daily Brief" which he helped Kissinger prepare for Nixon.
Since 1975, Dr Young has also served as Lecturer in Politics at Queen's College, Oxford University. He is a Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, a Dominus Fellow of St Catherine's College, and Senior Common Room Member of University College. He has served as an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the International Institute of Strategic Studies since 1980.
David Young is married to Suzy and they have five children; Bradden, Catherine, Christina, Davy and Cameron.