Profile: George McGovern

This month on UMC.org Profiles, George McGovern, decorated World War II veteran, politician, and humanitarian shares his faith story.

The son of a Wesleyan Methodist minister, George McGovern was born in Avon, South Dakota, on July 19, 1922. In his youth, he was an outstanding student, and his proficiency in debate won him a scholarship at Dakota Weslyan University. World War II interrupted McGovern’s education in 1943. He flew 35 combat missions as a B-24 bomber pilot in Europe, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Best known for his run for the office of U.S. President against Richard Nixon in 1972, George McGovern served 22-years in Congress, and was named the first director of the Food for Peace Program in 1960 by President John F. Kennedy. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor, George McGovern’s humanitarian efforts on behalf of American farmers and hungry children throughout the world, have earned him global admiration.

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