Gaylord Nelson

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Birthday
4, 1916
Birthplace
Clear Lake, WI
Death Date
Jul 3, 2005 (89)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
4, 1916
Birthplace
Clear Lake, WI
Death Date
Jul 3, 2005 (89)

About

Politician and Democrat who was a Wisconsin Senator from 1963 to 1981. He was notably the driving force behind the founding of Earth Day.

Before Fame

He was inspired by the late-1960s anti-Vietnam War sit-ins, leading him to the idea of forming a grassroots protest over environmental policy.

Trivia

He was a vocal proponent of environmental consciousness from the 1960s, when he used the tax revenue from cigarettes to buy up public land, to the 2000s, when he criticized President George W. Bush on his environmental policy.

Family Life

He had two children with his wife, Carrie.

Associated With

He and Rachel Carson, the author of the highly influential book "Silent Spring," were two of the biggest environmental supporters in the 1960s.