Humphrey honored at State Capitol

by Megan Gosch

Hubert H. Humphrey, former vice president, was honored with a statue Saturday at the State Capitol in St. Paul, by former President Bill Clinton, among other politicians.

A bronze statue was dedicated to “The Happy Warrior,” a founder of the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, according to the Star Tribune.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Walter Mondale were among several politicians who spoke in tribute of Humphrey and his ability to work with his political opponents to focus on human rights.

Humphrey, who once attended the University of Minnesota, became the mayor of Minneapolis in 1945. He was later elected to the U.S. Senate, and ran for president in 1968, reported the Associated Press.

The politician gained fame in 1948 with his landmark civil rights speech at the Democratic National Convention, in which he said "the time has arrived for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadow of state's rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights."

Humphrey died in 1978 of cancer.