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Reubin Askew
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U.S. Governor
    (September 11, 1928-March 13, 2014)
    Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma
    Governor of Florida (1971-79)
    US Trade Representative (1979-81)
    Ran for the Democratic nomination for US President (1984)
    When he uses a middle initial, it is an odd-looking 'O'D.' (for O'Donovan)
    He was dubbed 'supersquare' for his no drinking, no smoking, no cussing image.
    An anonymous friend told a reporter, 'Reubin's a ruthless politician... He does it with style, though, a kind of Franklin D. Roosevelt type.
    His presidential campaign ended after he finished last in the New Hampshire primary.
    He ran for the Senate, but quickly dropped out, complaining about the amount of fundraising required (1988).
    He served in the US Army as a paratrooper (1946-48) and the Air Force as an intelligence officer (1951-53).
    He was married to Donna Lou Harper for over 50 years.
    The Southern Political Science Association named him one of the ten best governors of the 20th century.
    His achievements as governor included a 'Sunshine Amendment' to the state constitution to promote open governance, improved government services, reforming the prison and judicial systems, revamping a regressive tax code, and promoting integration in schools and public employment.
    He said about his support for desegregation, 'Nothing is politically right that is morally wrong.'

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