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Thomas Francis "Tom" Eagleton, a Missouri native, was a U.S. Senator from 1968 to 1987. While in office, Eagleton was actively involved in foreign relations, education, health care, and environmental matters. He was integral to the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act being passed and sponsored the bill that would end American involvement in the Vietnam War.
When George McGovern became the Democratic nominee for President in 1972, Eagleton was his chosen vice-president. Shortly after the announcement, word got out that Eagleton had been hospitalized and received electric shock therapy for his depression. McGovern did defend Eagleton in the beginning, but party pressure led to Eagleton being dropped from the campaign after only 18 days. Eagleton went on to practice law and had a major role in bringing the Rams to St. Louis.
Clymer, A. (2007, March 5). Thomas F. Eagleton, 77, a running mate for 18 Days, dies. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/05/washington/05eagleton.html