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Term: Nelson, Gaylord A. 1916-2005


Studio portrait of Gaylord Nelson (WHI-47078)

(Dem.) Senator; founder of Earth Day. Born Clear Lake, June 4, 1916; married; 3 children. Educated in Clear Lake grade and high schools; B.A. San Jose State College, California, 1939; LL.B. University of Wisconsin 1942. Practicing attorney since 1942. Veteran of World War II, served 46 months in Army. Elected to Wisconsin Senate in 1948; reelected 1952 and 1956; vacated State Senate seat when elected Governor in 1958; reelected Governor in 1960. Elected to U.S. Senate in 1962; reelected 1968 and 1974. Committee assignments: 96th Congress - Select Committee on Small Business (chairman, also chairman 95th and 94th Congresses, member 93rd, 92nd, 91st, 90th, 89th Congresses); Finance (also 95th, 94th, 93rd and 92nd Congresses); Human Resources (also 95th, 94th, 93rd, 92nd, 91st, 90th, 89th Congresses). Washington office: (202) 224-5323; district office: (414) 291-3965 or 291-3966. Voting address: Madison. Mailing address (office): 221 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. View more information. (Blue Book 1979-80)

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Gaylord Nelson Papers for details. See also the Gaylord A. Nelson Papers. See also the Gaylord Nelson Speeches. See also Gaylord Nelson in Ashland, Wis.--Sound Trims. See also Gaylord Nelson: Looking Over the Land. See also Gaylord Nelson: A Profile.

You can also view more information, including many original documents about Gaylord Nelson and the creation of Earth Day, at the University of Wisconsin's Center for Culture, History, and Environment.

[Source: Blue book]
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