Eleanor McGovern

Born Nov 25, 1921

Eleanor Stegeberg McGovern, born Eleanor Fay Stegeberg, was the wife of George McGovern, a prominent United States politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from South Dakota (1963–1981) and as the defeated Democratic presidential nominee in 1972. Born in Woonsocket, South Dakota, she grew up on her family's farm.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Eleanor McGovern.


1921 Birth Born in 1921.


1943 22 Years Old However, then they decided to get married, on October 31, 1943, while on three-day leave in a ceremony at a small Methodist church in Woonsocket with George's father presiding. … Read More


1962 41 Years Old Eleanor was an active political wife; she campaigned for her ailing husband in his 1962 United States Senate race and may well have saved his chances of winning.


1972 51 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1972 presidential election, when her husband won the Democratic nomination, she was featured on the cover of Time magazine along with First Lady Pat Nixon, wife of Republican President Richard Nixon. … Read More
1974 53 Years Old She published her own memoir, Uphill: A Personal Story, in 1974.
1980 59 Years Old After her husband's defeat for the presidency, and later defeat for a fourth Senate term in 1980, Eleanor remained active, particularly in combating world hunger.


1994 73 Years Old She was also greatly concerned with issues related to child development, and with the fight against alcoholism, which was a contributing factor in the death of her daughter, Teresa, in 1994.
2007 86 Years Old Eleanor McGovern died on January 25, 2007.
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