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Hubert Humphrey
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Hubert Humphrey
Born: May 27, 1911
Died: January 13, 1978
United States Senator from Minnesota and 38th Vice President of the United States, serving under President Lyndon Johnson from 1965 to 1969.

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Born in Wallace, Codington County, S.Dakota on May 27, 1911, Humphrey attended the public schools of Doland, S.Dakota, where his family had moved. He graduated from Capitol College of Pharmacy in Denver, Colo. in 1933 and the University of Minnesota in 1939.

He earned a graduate degree from Louisiana State University in 1940 and was a pharmacist with Humphrey Drug Co., Huron, S.Dakota from 1933-1937. He was assistant instructor of political science at Louisiana State University from 1939-1940 and University of Minnesota from 1940-1941.

Humphrey was state director of war production training and reemployment and State chief of Minnesota war service program in 1942. He was assistant director, War Manpower Commission in 1943 and professor in political science at Macalester College (Minn.) from 1943-1944. He was a radio news commentator from 1944-1945 and mayor of Minneapolis from 1945-1948.

He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1948 and reelected in both 1954 and 1960. He served from January 3, 1949, until December 29, 1964, when he resigned to become Vice President.

He was the Democratic whip from 1961-1964 and was known in the Senate as �the Happy Warrior." Humphrey was chairman of the Select Committee on Disarmament (Eighty-fourth and Eighty-fifth Congresses).

He was elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and served from January 20, 1965, until January 20, 1969. He was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1968.

He resumed teaching at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota from 1969-1970. He was chairman, board of consultants, Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp..

He was elected in 1970 to the United States Senate, reelected in 1976 and served from January 3, 1971, until his death in office. The post of Deputy President pro tempore of the Senate was created for him and he held it from January 5, 1977, until his death in Waverly, Minn., on January 13, 1978.

He was chairman, Joint Economic Committee (Ninety-fourth Congress); unprecedented sessions of the House and Senate were held in his honor in October 1977, when he was gravely ill. He lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, January 14-15, 1978. Interment took place in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 9, 1980.

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