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Hubert Humphrey served as the 35th mayor of Minneapolis from 1945-1948. In 1948, he was elected to the United States Senate, representing Minnesota. Humphrey was the first Democratic senator from the state since before the Civil War. In 1952 and 1960, he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, loosing both attempts. Humphrey filled the vacancy of Vice President of the United States after the assassination of President Kennedy, when former Vice President Johnson became President. Humphrey ran as the Democratic nominee for the 1968 Presidential election against Republican nominee, Richard Nixon. Nixon would go on to win the election.