Alan Greenspan Fast Facts

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan speaks during a forum on the US economy at the Newseum on May 1, 2012 in Washington, DC. Greenspan spoke about the current state of policy regulation and today's free markets. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Here's a look at the life of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Birth date:
March 6, 1926
Birth place: New York, New York
Birth name: Alan Greenspan
    Father: Herbert Greenspan, a stockbroker
    Mother: Rose (Goldsmith) Greenspan
    Marriages: Andrea Mitchell (1997-present); Joan Mitchell (1952-1953, annulled)
    Education: New York University, B.S., 1948; New York University, M.A., 1950; New York University, Ph.D., 1977
    Other Facts:
    Studied music at Juilliard and toured the country playing tenor sax and clarinet with The Henry Jerome Orchestra.
    Was a close friend of writer Ayn Rand.
    1948-1953 -
    Works at the National Industrial Conference Board.
    1953 - Opens economic consulting firm Townsend-Greenspan & Co. with William Townsend.
    1968 - Volunteers for the Richard Nixon presidential campaign.
    1974-1977 - Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
    1977-1987 - After Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as president, Greenspan returns to Townsend-Greenspan & Co.
    1981-1983 - Chairman of the National Commission on Social Security Reform.
    June 2, 1987 - Is nominated to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Ronald Reagan.
    July 31, 1987 - Townsend-Greenspan & Co. formally closes.
    August 11, 1987 - Is sworn in as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
    September 26, 2002 - Receives the honorary title Knight of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II.
    November 9, 2005 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
    January 31, 2006 - Retires as Federal Reserve chairman.
    2006 - Opens consulting firm, Greenspan Associates.
    September 17, 2007 - Greenspan's book, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," is published.
    October 22, 2013 - Greenspan's book, "The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting," is published.