George McGovern was born in Avon, South Dakota. He is renowned for his work to end the Vietnam War. Aside from that, he helped reform the Democratic Party to better represent minority groups. McGovern ran for the US presidency in 1972, but was defeated by Richard Nixon.
Outside of his public service, hen published various several books, including a biography of President Abraham Lincoln. In 2001, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian honor in the US.