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|Reubin O'Donovan Askew|
|37th Governor of Florida|
January 5, 1971 – January 2, 1979
|Lieutenant||Thomas Burton Adams, Jr. (1971-1975)
J.H. Williams (1975-1979)
|Preceded by||Claude Roy Kirk|
|Succeeded by||Bob Graham|
|7th United States Trade Representative|
|Preceded by||Robert S. Strauss|
|Succeeded by||Bill Brock|
|Born||September 11, 1928
|Spouse(s)||Donna Lou Harper|
Reubin O'Donovan Askew (born September 11, 1928) is a retired American politician. He is a democrat from Florida. He was born in Muskogee (Oklahoma), but since 1937 he living in Florida. He is a lawyer. He served both in US Army and US Air Force.
He was elected governor in the same year and assumed duties in January 1971. He was one of the first southern governors (alongside Jimmy Carter of Georgia) who openly support desegregation. In 1972 then-democratic Presidential nominee, senator George McGovern of South Dakota offered him vice presidency, but Askew declined it. McGovern lost to Richard Nixon.
In 1984 he ran for President, but was defeated in the primary.
He was regarded by many (including Harvard Scholars) as one of the best U.S. governors in the 20th Century.
Claude R. Kirk, Jr.
|Governor of Florida
January 5, 1971–January 2, 1979
D. Robert Graham