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Wellstone memorial Tuesday evening

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The Wellstone family reportedly has asked Vice President Dick Cheney not to attend Tuesday evening's memorial service for Sen. Paul Wellstone. Organizers scrambled to coordinate traffic, security and the ceremony itself at Williams Arena on the University

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Minn. Democrats woo Mondale

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Walter Mondale first joined the Senate in 1964 when his political mentor Hubert Humphrey became vice president.

Minn. Democrats woo Mondale

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 28 (UPI) --

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Woman: Silence preceded crash

EVELETH, Minn., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A woman living less than a mile from where a small plane carrying Sen. Paul Wellstone crashed and burned said there was silence seconds before the Friday accide

Woman: Silence preceded crash

EVELETH, Minn., Oct. 28 (UPI) --

Mondale expected to run in Minn.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Walter Mondale seems to be the preferred choice of the family of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., to replace him on the Nov. 5 ballo
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Intense fire after Wellstone plane crash

EVELETH, Minn., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- An intense fire occurred after Sen. Paul Wellstone's twin-engine, turboprop plane crashed on Minnesota's Iron Range, the head of the National Transportation Saf

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Commentary: Wellstone--man of the people

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The death of liberal Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife, daughter and others, brings with it a myriad of emotions for those of us who are left of center. Above and beyond the incredibly sad tragedy for the Wellstone family, and for the people of M
JILLIAN JONAS

Wellstone death scrambles a murky election

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The tragic death of Minnesota Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone in a plane crash Friday leaves the already murky situation in the Senate -- just 11 days before the
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Lawmakers mourn death of Wellstone

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Lawmakers responded with shock and dismay Friday to the death of their colleague, Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), whom one congressman called "the soul of the Se
STEFANY MOORE

Wellstone mourned in Washington

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Lawmakers responded with shock and dismay to the death Friday of their colleague, Sen. Paul Wellstone, whom one congressman called "the soul of the Senate."
STEFANY MOORE

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WAP2002102597-WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI)--Sen. Paul David Wellstone (D-MN) was killed, along with his wife and daughter, in a plane crash in Minnesota on Oct. 25, 2002. He is seen here speaking on campaign finance reform during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 20, 2001. jg/rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI
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Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was a two-term U.S. Senator from the state of Minnesota and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which is affiliated with the national Democratic Party. Before being elected to the Senate in 1990, he was a professor of political science at Carleton College. Wellstone was a progressive and a leading spokesman for the progressive wing of the national Democratic Party. He served in the Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash on 25 October 2002, 11 days before the US senate election in which he was running for a third term. His wife, Sheila, and daughter, Marcia, also died in the crash. They had two other grown children, David and Mark, who now co-chair the Wellstone Action nonprofit group.

Wellstone was born in Washington D.C. to Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, Leon and Minnie Wellstone, and raised in Arlington, Virginia. Originally, his family name was Wexelstein, but his father changed the name to Wellstone in the 1930s when he encountered virulent anti-semitism. He attended Yorktown High School in Arlington. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) on a wrestling scholarship, graduating with a degree in political science in three years and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was an undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference champion in wrestling.

Wellstone married in 1963. In 1965 he earned his B.A. in Political Science; William Keech and Joel Schwartz served as his thesis advisers. Four years later he was awarded a Ph.D. in Political Science. Wellstone's 1969 doctoral dissertation at UNC was "Black Militants in the Ghetto: Why They Believe in Violence." Upon earning his Ph.D., Wellstone accepted a job as a Professor of Political Science at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he taught until his election to the Senate in 1990.

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