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     George McGovern was born in Avon in 1922. He grew up in Mitchell. During the Second World War, he flew a B-24 bomber. He became a war hero. Afterwards, he went back to school. Then he taught history at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. The people of South Dakota elected him to Congress. He served in the United States House of Representatives. It was 1956. Four years later, President Kennedy gave him a new job. The president put him in charge of the Food for Peace program. McGovern became a United States senator in 1962. He worked for peace and against hunger. Ten years later, he lost the race for president to Richard Nixon. McGovern stayed in government. He served as a delegate to the United Nations. He taught and wrote several books. Today, he is still working against hunger in the world.