Hubert Humphrey biography

Hubert Humphrey

US Vice President

1911 – 1978

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Who was Hubert Humphrey?

Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th Vice President of the United States under President Lyndon B. Johnson, from 1965 to 1969. Humphrey twice served in the United States Senate, representing Minnesota from 1949 to 1964 and 1971 to 1978. He was the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 1968 presidential election, losing to the Republican nominee, Richard Nixon.

Born in Wallace, South Dakota, Humphrey attended the University of Minnesota before earning his pharmacist license from the Capitol College of Pharmacy in 1931. He helped run his father's pharmacy until 1937 when he returned to academia, graduating with his masters from Louisiana State University in 1940, where he was a political science instructor. He returned to Minnesota during WWII and became a supervisor for the Works Progress Administration. He was then appointed state director of the Minnesota war service program before becoming the assistant director of the War Manpower Commission. In 1943, Humphrey became a Professor of political science at Macalester College and ran a failed campaign for Mayor of Minneapolis. Humphrey helped found the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party in 1944, and in 1945, became the DFL candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis for a second time, winning with 61% of the vote. Humphrey served as mayor from 1945 to 1948, he was reelected and became the co-founder of the liberal anti-communism group Americans for Democratic Action in 1947.

Famous Quotes:

  • This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.
  • The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a master-architect; in execution, the labors of many.
  • Fortunately, the time has long passed when people liked to regard the United States as some kind of melting pot, taking men and women from every part of the world and converting them into standardized, homogenized Americans. We are, I think, much more mature and wise today. Just as we welcome a world of diversity, so we glory in an America of diversity -- an America all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands of which it is woven.
  • Never answer a question from a farmer.
  • To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed.
  • For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
  • The great challenge which faces us is to assure that, in our society of big-ness, we do not strangle the voice of creativity, that the rules of the game do not come to overshadow its purpose, that the grand orchestration of society leaves ample room for the man who marches to the music of another drummer.
  • People in places many of us never heard of, whose names we can't pronounce or even spell, are speaking up for themselves. They speak in languages we once classified as exotic but whose mastery is now essential for our diplomats and businessmen. But what they say is very much the same the world over. They want a decent standard of living. They want human dignity and a voice in their own futures. They want their children to grow up strong and healthy and free.
  • I think the worst thing this nation could do for humanity would be to leave any uncertainty as to our will, our purpose and our capacity to carry out our purpose.
  • There are those who say to you -- we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.

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Born
May 27, 1911
Wallace
Also known as
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr.
  • Sen. Hubert Humphrey
  • Senator Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Senator Hubert Humphrey
  • Vice President Hubert Humphrey
  • The Happy Warrior
  • Humpty Hubert
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • United Methodist Church
  • United Church of Christ
Ethnicity
  • Norwegian American
  • Scandinavian American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Minnesota
Lived in
  • South Dakota
  • Minneapolis
  • Waverly
Died
Jan 13, 1978
Waverly

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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