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Orville Freeman

Orville Lothrop Freeman

Orville Lothrop Freeman

29th Governor of MinnesotaIn office
January 5, 1955 – January 2, 1961LieutenantKarl RolvaagPreceded by C. Elmer AndersonSucceeded by Elmer L. AndersenBorn May 9, 1918(1918-05-09)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Died February 20, 2003(aged 84)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Political party Farmer-LaborSpouse Jane C. Shields Profession Marine, politician Religion Lutheran

Orville Lothrop Freeman (May 9, 1918February 20, 2003) was an American Democratic politician who served as the 29th Governor of Minnesota from January 5, 1955 to January 2, 1961, and as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1961 to 1969 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He was one of the founding members of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and strongly influential in the merger of the pre-DFL Minnesota Democratic and Farmer-Labor Parties.

Born in 1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Freeman is best remembered for initiating the Food Stamp Program for under-resourced people which is still in use today.[1]

Freeman was a 1940 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he met his life-long friend and political ally, Hubert Humphrey. During World War II, he served as a combat officer in United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of major. He earned his LL.B. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1946.

On November 13, 1955, he was a guest on the variety show Toast of the Town (which would later be called The Ed Sullivan Show). He died from Alzheimer's Disease in 2003 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Orville's son Mike Freeman was a candidate for Governor in 1998 and has served non-consecutive terms as County Attorney for Hennepin County, Minnesota from 1991 until 1999, and continuously since 2007.

See also

United States Marine Corps Portal

References

Political offices Preceded by
C. Elmer Anderson28th Governor of Minnesota
1955 – 1961 Succeeded by
Elmer L. AndersenPreceded by
Ezra Taft BensonSecretary of Agriculture
1961 – 1969 Succeeded by
Clifford M. Hardin
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