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Video: Sen. George McGovern Visits Special Collections

Story posted July 22, 2009

Former Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., was on campus July 22, 2009, visiting the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.

Sen. George McGovern

McGovern viewed the papers of Gordon Lee Weil '58, executive assistant to the senator during his unsuccessful 1972 presidential campaign and author of The Long Shot: George McGovern Runs for President (1973).

Also on display for his review were correspondence between McGovern and Sen. George Mitchell '54, and a hand-print of Abraham Lincoln, the subject of McGovern's new biography.

McGovern Weil Lindemann300.jpg (L. to r.) Gordon Weil '58, Sen. George McGovern and Special Collections & Archives Director Richard Lindemann examine materials relating to Abraham Lincoln, the subject of McGovern's new biography, in the Special Collections reading room, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

McGovern was a decorated World War II B-24 bomber pilot, but became known for his opposition to the Vietnam War.

His wartime story is at the center of The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose's profile of the men who flew B-24s over Germany in World War II.

McGovern served two terms in the U.S. House and three terms in the Senate.

McGovern also served as worldwide director of the Food for Peace program and United Nations ambassador on world hunger.

Rob Caldwell, host of the WCSH magazine show 207, interviewed McGovern in the Special Collections reading room for a segment that aired July 23, 2009.

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