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Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic Party's nominee in the 1968 presidential election. Humphrey served twice as Minnesota's representative in the United States Senate, from 1949 to 1964 and again from 1971 to 1978. Before becoming a politician, Humphrey helped to run his father's pharmacy, earned a master's degree and taught political science at Louisiana State University and Macalester College. Humphrey was elected as the mayor of Minneapolis in 1945, and elected as a Senator in 1948. Humphrey was the lead author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and introduced the first initiative to create the Peace Corps.
When Lyndon B. Johnson inherited the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, he chose Humphrey to be his running mate against Republican Barry Goldwater. The Johnson/Humphrey ticket was elected in a landslide in 1964. After Johnson decided not to run for re-election in 1968, Humphrey launched his campaign and secured the Democratic Party's nomination after avoiding the primary elections against fellow Democrats Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy. The assassinations of Robert Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., combined with increased opposition to the Vietnam War, were harmful to Humphrey's campaign, and he lost to Richard Nixon in the general election.