George Williford Haley was born in Henning, Tennessee, on August 28, 1925. He was raised in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas.
Haley served in the US Army Air Corps. In 1949 he graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He became the second black student to graduate from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1952. After graduation, Haley joined a law firm in Kansas City, Kansas, and became involved in politics. There he served as deputy city attorney and Republican state senator.
Haley has served in seven national presidential administrations since 1969. In 1990 he was appointed chairman of the US Postal Rate Commission. From 1998 to July 2001, he served as US Ambassador to Gambia.
Haley passed away on May 13, 2015.