73rd Vermont Governor. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Governor of Vermont from 1963 until 1969. His father worked in the insurance industry and later the Massachusetts' legislature, Philip excelled in football during his high school years and played collegially on an athletic scholarship at Williams College. During World War II, he enlisted with the United States Navy and completed the V5 Program to become a pilot, while also serving aboard a submarine. Upon his return home, he enrolled at Cornell University from where he attained his Law degree and following graduation, he commenced practicing. He entered the political arena when he was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1960, and he served one term, 1961 to 1963. In 1962, with the aid of President Kennedy's popularity and a split between Vermont's progressive and conservative Republicans, he became the first Governor of Vermont elected as a Democrat in more than a century. He established himself as one of the top Liberal political leaders of the 1960s. During his tenure, Hoff expanded state programs and was a passionate supporter of Civil Rights. He broke with President Johnson on Vietnam. He ran an unsuccessful bid for a US Senate seat from Vermont in 1970. Hoff resumed practicing Law and during the 1980s, he returned to his political career when he served in the Vermont State Senate.
Bio by: C.S.