Muriel Fay <I>Buck</I> Humphrey

Muriel Fay Buck Humphrey

Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, USA
Death 20 Sep 1998 (aged 86)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section 51, Lot A, Grave # 2
Memorial ID 5493 · View Source
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U.S. Senator. She was married to the 38th Vice President of the United States, Hubert Humphrey. He then served in the Senate and following his death, she was appointed to his seat in the United States Senate, thus becoming the only Second Lady of the United States to hold public office. She later remarried and took the name Muriel Humphrey Brown. She attended Huron College and met Humphrey in 1934, when she was working as a bookkeeper. She served as an informal adviser to her husband after he entered politics. She was appointed from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party by the governor of Minnesota to the Senate vacancy caused by the death of her husband, and served from January 25, 1978, to November 7, 1978 in the 95th Congress. She was the first spouse of a former Vice President to serve in Congress as well as the first woman to represent Minnesota in the US Senate. She was not a candidate for the special election for the remaining term. "It was the most challenging thing I've done in my whole life," she said. Her shyness made taking a high-profile political role difficult. While in office, and after, she pressed for the right for women to choose to have an abortion and worked towards legislation for the rights of the mentally disabled. When she died, she was survived by her husband of 20 years, Max Brown, and her children, who were at her side when she died at the age of 86. She is interred in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, next to her first husband, Hubert H. Humphrey.

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