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Hubert H. Humphrey for President Campaign Brochure

Hubert H. Humphrey for President

1960 Campaign Brochure

‘America Needs Hubert Humphrey

 A Midwest Progressive For President’


Senator Humphrey believes enduring peace must have deep roots in the minds and hearts of people. Peace can sink roots only in a world free from poverty, hunger, disease, ignorance and greed.

He believes our so-called surpluses of food and fiber can be a potent weapon for peace. Senator Humphrey's "Food for Peace" plan calls for America to use farm abundance to combat starvation and poverty in the breeding grounds of war.

Senator Humphrey sees the need for military strength to deal with potential aggressors, to hold fast in West Germany and in Berlin, to bargain on equal terms around the conference table.  As Senate expert on disarmament, he advocates practical steps toward real disarmament. 

His outstanding record on the Foreign Relations Committee was climaxed by his sensational tour of Europe in 1958 and his eight hour visit with Soviet Premier Khrushchev. Here he demonstrated diplomatic skills plus a willingness and ability to rally the democratic forces in the world. Says Senator Humphrey: "The next president - to look Mr. Khrushchev in the face, to stand his ground on Berlin, to negotiate true disarmament - must see that America regains her position of military supremacy."


As Minneapolis Mayor, Hubert Humphrey won passage of the first city Fair Employment Practices law in the United States. In 1948, as a member of the platform committee of the Democratic national convention, he called upon the party to "come forth from the shadows of state's rights into the bright sunshine of human rights," leading a successful fight for a strong human rights plank.


Senator Humphrey leads the fight for fair and just treatment of veterans … he supports increased pensions, disability compensation and dependency allowance for families … was co-author of the GI bill of rights for Korean veterans … vigorous supporter of veterans' preference, vet's housing, employment services, rehabilitation and medical care, loans … commended by Amvets and has a citation from the Marine Corps League "for meritorious service."


As a man who struggled for his own education, as a former college professor, and as parent with the problem of educating four children, Senator Humphrey has a keen interest in the nation's schools.

As Mayor of Minneapolis he raised the level of the city's schools to their highest peak. In his very first year in the Senate he pioneered efforts for federal aid for school construction. As chairman of the school construction subcommittee Senator Humphrey successfully guided through Congress legislation to authorize grants to states to survey their classroom needs and plan school construction.


Senator Humphrey has consistently supported legislation to ease the burden of medical costs for the aged … federal grants for hospital construction … aid for state programs for children … medical research and public health in the war on Cancer, Heart disease and Mental illness.  Senator Humphrey worked hard and successfully to increase appropriations for expansion of Medical schools, medical scholarships, and aid for Nurses' Training … for assistance to our cities for sanitary facilities and pollution control.


Wisconsin's AFL-CIO sees Senator Humphrey "as a man of social vision, a vigorous campaigner and a leader with a mark of greatness.  If Senator Humphrey were elected President, he would be a President of whom every workingman's family could be proud.  As Senator he consistently fought for revision of the anti-labor Taft-Hartley law, for a higher minimum wage law with broader coverage, for improvement of the provision of the Railroad Retirement Act, for substantial and continuing improvements in the Social Security law, and for other measures to improve living standards.

His speech to the Senate in 1959 on "What's Right With Labor" helped stem the anti-union hysteria that threatened to sweep Congress.

He ranks with the top three U.S. senators holding a perfect labor roll call voting record.


Senator Humphrey is "Mr. Conservation" in the U.S. Senate and a longtime champion of water resources.  He led the fight for the St. Lawrence Seaway, worked to complete the connecting channels to bring the seaway to Wisconsin and has been a staunch friend of Great Lakes harbor development.  His work in promoting sound conservation policies wins praise from leading sportsmen publications and conservation organizations.  The Humphrey Youth Conservation Corps program, the Humphrey Wilderness bill, and many Humphrey programs to clean up our waterways and lakes wins support from men of all parties dedicated to conservation of natural resources.


Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota has worn this happy title for many years because of his neighborly interest in the affairs of Wisconsin and his activity on behalf of the people of this state.  As he said, on January 18, 1960, when he launched his campaign in Milwaukee, "the Midwest, of which you and I are parts, has undergone a great political transformation in the past dozen years. 

"At the end of World War II there was not a single Democratic senator from either of our states.  Today three of the four senators are Democrats and I want to say I was proud to come into Wisconsin and play at least a small role in helping to elect your fighting junior Senator, Bill Proxmire."

As the Wisconsin AFL-CIO declared in its resolution on January 19, 1960, "During the many lean years when Wisconsin had no liberal U.S. Senator we constantly called upon Hubert Humphrey for assistance and his help was always forthcoming."

Wisconsin dairy farmers have long recognized the help Wisconsin's farmers received from Hubert Humphrey.

For his opposition to divert water from Lake Michigan into the Mississippi River, former Milwaukee Mayor Dan Hoan, Mayor Frank Zeidler, and others laud Humphrey.

No wonder President Truman's former aide and Wisconsin Lieutenant-Governor for Philleo Nash said, "The cause of good government in Wisconsin and in the nation will be advanced by a vigorous campaign by Hubert Humphrey."


Hubert Humphrey was born in Wallace, S.D. on May 27, 1911. His father was a pharmacist, state legislator, and former mayor Doland, South Dakota. His mother was a native of Norway. It was a happy, active family that, like all American families in the 30's, had it ups and downs. The depression hit when young Humphrey was attending the University of Minnesota and he was forced to leave school to help out at home. Then there were the dust-storms, grasshoppers, and drought.

After Roosevelt's election in 1932 when things got a little better Humphrey was able to get a degree in pharmacy and went to work in his father's drug store.  Determined to continue his education he returned to school in 1937 and in 1939 graduated from the University of Minnesota with high honors.

In 1945 he was elected Mayor of Minneapolis, re-elected by a record vote in 1947 and, in 1948, came to the Senate where he has served with such distinction that Time Magazine noted Humphrey "has won top standing as the Senate leader."  Today Hubert Humphrey ranks among the all time greats in the Senate.

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