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Gaylord Nelson
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    (June 4, 1916-July 3, 2005)
    Born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin
    Governor of Wisconsin (1959-1963)
    U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (1963-1981)
    Founder of Earth Day (1970)
    He was in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
    He named one of his two sons Gaylord Jr.
    He lost the senate to Robert Kasten in the 1980 election when Ronald Reagan was elected president.
    He served in World War II in the U.S. Army.
    He opposed the Vietnam War.
    Following his political career, he was a counselor for The Wilderness Society.
    He established Earth Day for people to take care and protect the planet's environment.
    He investigated the concerns of the use of combined oral contraceptive pills.
    He received the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton (1995).
    He was married to his wife for 57 years until his death.
    An environmental studies institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and state park were named in his honor.

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