McGovern, George

McGovern, George (Stanley)

(1922–  ) U.S. representative/senator; born in Avon, S.D. He was an Air Force pilot during World War II and then became a professor of history and government at the University of South Dakota. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives (Dem., S.D.; 1956–61) and the U.S. Senate (Dem., S.D.; 1963–81). As the Democratic presidential nominee (1972), he was targeted as a radical populist and lost the election by a wide margin. He wrote The Colorado Coal Strike (1953) and A Time of War, A Time of Peace (1968).