Orville Freeman

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Birthday
9, 1918
Birthplace
Minneapolis, MN
Death Date
Feb 20, 2003 (84)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
9, 1918
Birthplace
Minneapolis, MN
Death Date
Feb 20, 2003 (84)

About

Politician and Democrat who was the Governor of Minnesota from 1955 to 1961. He served as the agriculture secretary under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, promoting food assistance to the poor.

Before Fame

He was a supporter of John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential elections, helping Kennedy carry the state, and earning an invitation to join his cabinet.

Trivia

Although he had little experience in agriculture, he used his post to push for food stamps and school breakfast programs for the needy, as well as strong measures to ensure food safety.

Family Life

He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, his family of Swedish and Norwegian background.

Associated With

He was a close friend of Hubert Humphrey and originally supported him in the 1960 presidential election, switching to Kennedy only after Humphrey dropped out.