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 Hubert Horatio Humphrey

Hubert Horatio Humphrey

Birth
Wallace, Codington County, South Dakota, USA
Death 13 Jan 1978 (aged 66)
Waverly, Wright County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section 51, Lot A, Grave # 1
Memorial ID 525 · View Source
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38th United States Vice President, US Senator. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1939 and receiving a masters degree from Louisiana State University in 1940, Hubert Humphrey embarked on a career in Minnesota politics. Narrowly losing the 1943 race for mayor of Minneapolis, Humphrey turned to party activism and was instrumental in the merger of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party in 1944. Leading this coalition, he was elected mayor of Minneapolis in 1945 and reelected in 1947. In 1948, he was elected United States Senator; he would win reelection in 1954 and 1960. His first legislative proposal was for senior citizen health care, a vision that would eventually become Medicare. During his career he would also introduce legislation to create the Peace Corps and would be instrumental in passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Losing a 1960 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Humphrey was later selected as President Lyndon Johnson's Vice-Presidential running mate and won that office in 1964. Though initially opposed to United States involvement in Vietnam, he would come to support Johnson's Vietnam policy and undertook several foreign trips to elucidate this position internationally. It is widely believed that this change of position contributed to Humphrey's narrow loss to Richard Nixon in the 1968 Presidential election. He returned to the Senate in 1970 and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972. He was reelected to the Senate in 1976, but passed away during his term in office. The remaining years of his term were served by his wife, Muriel.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 525
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hubert Horatio Humphrey (27 May 1911–13 Jan 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 525, citing Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .