|United States Senator
from South Dakota
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||Joseph Bottum|
|Succeeded by||James Abdnor|
|Chair of the United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs|
July 1968 – December 1977
|Preceded by||Committee created|
|Succeeded by||Committee abolished|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 1st district
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1961
|Preceded by||Harold Lovre|
|Succeeded by||Ben Reifel|
|United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture|
April 15, 1998 – October 19, 2001
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Laurie Tracy|
|Succeeded by||Tony Hall|
|Born||George Stanley McGovern
July 19, 1922
Avon, South Dakota, U.S.
|Died||October 21, 2012
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Eleanor Stegeberg (1943–2007)|
|Alma mater||Dakota Wesleyan University
|Service/branch||United States Army Air Forces|
|Years of service||1943–1945|
|Unit||741st Bomb Squadron
455th Bombardment Group
15th Air Force
|Battles/wars||European Theatre of World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (3)
George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian and politician. McGovern was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota's 1st district from 1957 through 1961. After that he was the Senator of South Dakota. Later he was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture from 1998 through 2001.
In 1968, McGovern decided to run for President because Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. McGovern was the Democratic presidential nominee for the 1972 presidential elections. His running mate was Sargent Shriver. He lost to Richard Nixon.
McGovern was born in Avon, South Dakota on July 19, 1922. He studied at Dakota Wesleyan University and at Northwestern University. McGovern was married to Eleanor Stegeberg from 1943 until her death in 2007. McGovern is survived by his 4 daughters. His son (July 27, 1952 - July 27, 2012) was an alcoholic.
References[change | edit source]
- Hunter, Majorie (August 11, 1968). "M'Govern Opens Presidential Bid With Peace Plea" (fee required). The New York Times: p. 1. http://select.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=F10D13F8345E157A8EDDA80994D0405B888AF1D3.
- Current Year Biography 1967, p. 265.
- McGovern's son dies
- "Former U.S. Sen George McGovern dead at 90". Associated Press. The Chicago Tribune. October 21, 2012. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-former-us-sen-george-mcgovern-dead-at-90-20121021,0,151594.story.