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George Stanley McGovern
Birth: Jul. 19, 1922
Avon
Bon Homme County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 2012
Sioux Falls
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA

US Senator, US Congressman, US Presidential Candidate, Author. During his lengthy career in public service, he will probably be best remembered for his unsuccessful bid as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States against the incumbent Richard Nixon in 1972. The son of a Methodist minister, he was an exceptional student who relished debating and it would be this attribute which earned him a scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. Following the United States' entry into World War II, he enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps as a bomber pilot of a B-24 and flew roughly 35 combat missions which earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross. Upon returning home, he received his Master of Arts degree and PhD in American History and Government from Northwestern University, prior to his return to Dakota Wesleyan where he served as a professor of History and Political Science. His interests in the Democratic Party led to his political career and he was elected to and served South Dakota's 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961. After losing his bid for reelection, President John F. Kennedy appointed McGovern director of the Food for Peace Program in 1961. He remained at that capacity until his election to the United States Senate (1963 to 1981). During his tenure, the liberal senator from South Dakota served on the Agriculture, Nutrition, Forestry and Foreign Relations Committees, in addition to the Joint Economics Committee. He was known as an opposing voice of the Vietnam War, which was the platform for his presidential candidacy in 1972. After securing the nomination for the Democratic Party, his campaign suffered a setback when it was revealed that his chosen running mate Senator Thomas Eagleton suffered from bouts of depression which resulted in shock-therapy treatment. Ultimately, this led to his withdrawal and his being replaced on the ticket by Sargent Shriver. During the course of the 1972 election the infamous break-in at the Watergate Democratic Headquarters occurred which was the catalyst for the "Watergate Scandal". President Richard Nixon won reelection by a landslide, however over the next two years when details of the break-in which was orchestrated by members within the administration emerged, this would lead to the president's downfall. After leaving the Senate, McGovern remained active as a lecturer and continued champion to end world hunger. He also penned numerous books. In 2000, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton and was appointed United Nations Global Ambassador in 2001. He died in a hospice care facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 90. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph C McGovern (1868 - 1944)
  Frances Myrtle McLean McGovern (1890 - 1966)
 
 Spouse:
  Eleanor Fay Stegeberg McGovern (1921 - 2007)
 
 Children:
  Teresa Jane McGovern (1949 - 1994)*
  Steven McGovern (1952 - 2012)*
 
 Sibling:
  George Stanley McGovern (1922 - 2012)
  Mildred Elizabeth McGovern Brady (1924 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rock Creek Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Edward Johnson
Record added: Oct 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99300470
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George Stanley McGovern: Sir, you will be remembered as an American historian, author, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election. As a senator, you were an exemplar of modern America...(Read more)
- MFPS
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014
Remembering your 92nd birthday.
- Patti Podboy
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014
You'd have been a great POTUS. Thank you for your efforts, you were a great American. Rest in peace and may God bless you.
- Rosebud
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014
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