Nixon Enemies List entry for
Gaylord Nelson:

List and position:First, #9
Name as originally listed:Gaylord Nelson
Vitals:6/4/1916 - 7/3/2005
Category given:Senators

- Senator from Wisconsin 1963-1981, governor 1959-1963

- remembered mostly as the founder of Earth Day in 1970

- Nixon was also a supporter of environmental protection (an often-forgotten detail). Environmentalism was not a divisive issue at the time.

- As part of his environmentalism, Nelson also promoted conservation, which was considered a Liberal cause by conservatives. Go figure.

- Also in 1970, brought about disclosures of side effects of medications as a result of the “Nelson Pill Hearings.”

- He was an early, but quiet critic of the Vietnam War. He was one of only three senators who voted against the $700 million appropriation that began the nation's expanded involvement in the Vietnam War in 1964.

- changed parties to Democratic in 1948 to win a state senate seat

- received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in September 1995 in recognition of his environmental work

- served in Army during WW II, seeing action in Okinawa

- left the Senate after being defeated in 1980 and worked with the Wilderness Society after that

- author of “Beyond Earth Day”

- The “stamina of a small bear and the public persona of a high school principal” according to his Washington Post obituary

- well liked in the Senate, ranking at the top of a 1971 senatorial popularity poll

- Several websites celebrate his Earth Day legacy, such as www.nelsonearthday.net.


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