Hubert Humphrey worked as a pharmacist before returning to academia and becoming a political science professor. He was elected to the Senate in 1948, the same year his proposal for ending racial segregation was included in the party platform. Humphrey was the lead author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and introduced the first initiative to create the Peace Corps. He suggested the Democratic Party “walk into the sunshine of human rights.” He ran for and lost in the Democratic primary presidential campaigns of 1952 and 1960. When Lyndon Johnson inherited the presidency after Kennedy’s assassination, Johnson chose Humphrey to be his running mate in the landslide election of 1964. When Johnson chose not to run for reelection in 1968, Hubert Humphrey ran for the presidency and lost to former vice president Richard Nixon in the general election.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
Hubert Humphrey was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as vice president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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