Freeman, Orville L

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Orville Lothrop Freeman was born in Minneapolis on May 9, 1918. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1940. During World War II he served in the South Pacific with the United States Marines, attaining the rank of Major. Freeman earned his LL.B. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1946, was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1947, and was a member of the Larson, Loevinger, Lindquist and Freeman law firm from 1947 to 1955.

Freeman worked as an administrative assistant to Minneapolis mayor Hubert Humphrey (1945-1949), where he was in charge of veterans affairs. He was secretary (1946-1948) and chairman (1948-1950) of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), and was an unsuccessful candidate for Minnesota attorney general (1950) and governor of Minnesota (1952). Freeman went on to serve as governor of Minnesota from 1955 to 1961 and as United States secretary of agriculture from 1961 to 1969.

Returning to private life, Freeman was president of E.D.P. Technology International, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based computer software and systems design company (1969-1970). He later was president and CEO (1970-1981) and chairman (1981-1984) of Business International Corp., New York City, a research, publishing, and advisory firm that helped companies manage their worldwide operations for maximum profit and growth. Following that he was a senior partner in the international law firm of Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman, Ltd. (Washington, D.C.) (1985-1995). Freeman was a visiting scholar at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota from 1995 to 1997.

Freeman married Jane C. Shields on May 2, 1942 in Washington, D.C., while he was stationed at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia. Jane Freeman was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on May 25, 1921. She graduated from Marshall High School, Minneapolis, and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Minnesota. The Freemans have two children: Constance Jane (b.1943) and Michael Orville (b.1948). Michael Freeman served as a Minnesota state senator and as Hennepin County Attorney; in 1998 he was a candidate for governor of Minnesota.

Orville Freeman died February 20, 2003 of complication from Alzheimer's disease.

From the guide to the Orville L. Freeman papers., [ca. 1903]-1919, 1941-2003 (bulk 1946-1998)., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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referencedIn Max Lerner papers, 1927-1998 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Robert S. McNamara Papers, 1934-2009, (bulk 1968-2005) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn National Federation of Grain Cooperatives records, 1946-1976. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Karl F Rolvaag papers., 1921-1984 (bulk 1946-1969). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Edward W. Davis papers., 1883-1973. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Joseph Alsop and Stewart Alsop Papers, 1699-1989, (bulk 1937-1989) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Corporate records., 1923-1991 (bulk 1938-1976). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Michael O. Freeman Papers., 1957-1998 (bulk 1985-1998). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Eugenie Anderson papers. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Records., 1874-1999 (bulk 1979-1989). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Socialist Workers Party records, 1914-1980 Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Gerald W. Heaney papers., 1910-2006 (bulk 1946-2006). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Edward Marx Franey papers., 1940-1986 (bulk 1950-1970). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Society records., 1925-1995 (bulk 1949-1986). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Margaret Bayne Price Papers, 1918-1969, 1947-1968 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Departmental and general files., 1955-1960. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Freeman for Governor Volunteer Committee and DFL video collection [videorecording], 1960. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn George E. MacKinnon papers., 1927-1995. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn International and distinguished guests files., 1956-1958. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1955-1961 : Freeman). Schedules, 1955-1960. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Genevieve Gillette Papers, 1914-1987, 1951-1980 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Philip A. Hart papers, 1949-1976, 1959-1976 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Administrative files., 1954-1959, 1983. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn George A. Barton papers., undated and 1841, 1888-1969. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Orville L. Freeman papers., [ca. 1903]-1919, 1941-2003 (bulk 1946-1998). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers, 1902-1973 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Atherton Bean Papers., 1918-1998. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn David J. Winton papers., 1929-1973. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn George W. Pray Papers, 1844-1890 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn James Perkins papers, 1963-1969. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Charles E. Palm papers, 1956-1986. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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associatedWith Alsop, Joseph W. (Joseph Wright), 1876-1953 person
associatedWith Alsop, Stewart. Joseph Alsop and Stewart Alsop papers. 1699-1989 person
associatedWith Americans for Democratic Action. corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Eugenie Moore, 1909-1997 person
associatedWith Barton, George A. (George Arthur), 1885-1969 person
associatedWith Bean, Francis Atherton, 1840-1930 person
associatedWith Brown, Prentiss Marsh, 1889-1973 person
associatedWith Business International Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Cochrane, Willard Wesley, 1914- person
associatedWith Davis, Edward W. (Edward Wilson), 1888-1973 person
associatedWith Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. corporateBody
associatedWith E.D.P. Technology International, Inc. (Washington, D.C.). corporateBody
associatedWith Estes, Billie Sol. person
associatedWith Franey, Edward Marx, 1899-1988 person
associatedWith Freeman family. family
associatedWith Freeman, Jane. person
associatedWith Freeman, Michael O., 1948- person
associatedWith Gillette, Genevieve, 1898- person
associatedWith Governor's Residence Council (Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Grain Terminal Association (Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Hart, Philip A. (Philip Aloysius), 1912-1976 person
associatedWith Heaney, Gerald W. (Gerald William), 1918- person
associatedWith Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 person
associatedWith Jacobson, Dorothy Houston. person
associatedWith James Alfred, Perkins 1911- person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902- person
associatedWith Lothrop family. family
associatedWith MacKinnon, George E., 1906-1995 person
correspondedWith McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009 person
associatedWith Minnesota. Governor (1955-1961 : Freeman). corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Mondale, Walter F., 1928- person
associatedWith National Federation of Grain Cooperatives. corporateBody
associatedWith Natural History Society of Minnesota. corporateBody
associatedWith Nelsen, Ancher, 1904-1933 person
associatedWith Palm, Charles E. person
associatedWith Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman, Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Pray, George Washington, 1825-1890 person
associatedWith Price, Margaret Bayne, 1912-1968 person
associatedWith Rolvaag, Karl F., 1913- person
associatedWith Socialist Workers Party. Minnesota Section. corporateBody
associatedWith Toynbee, Arnold Joseph, 1889-1975 person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
associatedWith United States. Department of Agriculture. corporateBody
associatedWith Wallace, Henry Agard, 1888-1965 person
associatedWith Winton, David Judson, 1897- person
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United States
Political campaigns
Economic policy
International business enterprises
International economic relations
International law
International trade
Political conventions
Public Policy
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
Cabinet officers




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