Mourners line up to pay respects to former Sen. Howard Baker

Former Senator and White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker, Jr. (File) (Junko Kimura, Getty Images)
Former Senator and White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker, Jr. (File) (Junko Kimura, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 1:30 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mourners are paying their respects Monday, to former U.S. senator and White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr. at the University of Tennessee center in Knoxville that bears his name.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Monday that people began lining up outside the Baker Center well before the doors opened on Monday for visitors to view the flag-draped casket of the one-time Senate majority leader.

Baker is well-known for asking during the 1973 Watergate hearings, "What did the president know and when did he know it?" 

Baker in the Senate won widespread respect from Republicans and Democrats alike, rising to the post of majority leader. He also served as President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff at the end of his second term.

He died Thursday at the age of 88. His funeral is set for Tuesday in his hometown of Huntsville, Tennessee.

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