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George McGovern

Sen. George  McGovern Sen. George McGovern

Speaker: Sen. George McGovern
Date: April 30, 1969

U.S. Delegate to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentarians Conference (1958-1959). U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Conference (1961). U.S. Representative from South Dakota (1956-1960). Director of Food for Peace Program and Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy (1961-1962). As a senator from South Dakota (1963-1980), McGovern was a strong supporter of the Johnson Administration's social welfare legislation, but criticized the contemporary U.S. Latin American policy and was an early, outspoken critic of the Vietnam War.