James Watt, sharp-tongued and pro-development Interior secretary under Reagan, dies at 85

Interior Secretary nominee James Watt, a Reagan nominee on talks on Dec. 23, 1980 in Washington.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — James Watt, the Reagan administration’s sharp-tongued, pro-development interior secretary who was beloved by conservatives but ran afoul of environmentalists, Beach Boys fans and eventually the president, has died. He was 85.

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