George McGovern

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George McGovern
United States Senator
from South Dakota
In office
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
In office
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
In office
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
In office
April 15, 1998 – October 19, 2001
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Laurie Tracy
Succeeded by Tony Hall
Personal details
Born George Stanley McGovern
July 19, 1922(1922-07-19)
Avon, South Dakota, U.S.
Died October 21, 2012(2012-10-21) (aged 90)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Eleanor Stegeberg (1943–2007)
Children Ann
Susan
Teresa
Steven
Mary
Alma mater Dakota Wesleyan University
Northwestern University
Religion Methodist
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1943–1945
Rank US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant
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. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life[change | change source]

McGovern was born in Avon, South Dakota on July 19, 1922.[1] He studied at Dakota Wesleyan University and at Northwestern University.

Career[change | change source]

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.

In 1968, McGovern decided to run for President because Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.[2] McGovern was the Democratic presidential nominee for the 1972 presidential elections. His running mate was Sargent Shriver. He lost to Richard Nixon.

Later he was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture from 1998 through 2001.

Personal life[change | change source]

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.[3]

Death[change | change source]

McGovern died on October 21, 2012 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from natural causes, aged 90.[4]

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

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