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|37th Governor of Florida|
January 5, 1971 – January 2, 1979
|Lieutenant||Thomas Burton Adams, Jr. (1971-1975)|
J.H. Williams (1975-1979)
|Preceded by||Claude Roy Kirk|
|Succeeded by||Bob Graham|
|7th United States Trade Representative|
|Preceded by||Robert S. Strauss|
|Succeeded by||Bill Brock|
|Born||September 11, 1928|
|Died||March 13, 2014 (aged 85)|
|Spouse(s)||Donna Lou Harper|
Reubin O'Donovan Askew (September 11, 1928 - March 13, 2014) was a American politician. He is a democrat from Florida. He was born in Muskogee (Oklahoma), but since 1937 he lived in Florida. He was a lawyer. He served both in US Army and US Air Force.
Prior to becoming governor, Askew served as state representative (1959-1963) and state senator (1963-1970). For a year (1969-1970) he was president pro tempore of this body.
He was elected governor in the same year and assumed duties in January 1971. He was one of the first southern governors (alongside Jimmy Carter of Georgia) yo openly support desegregation. In 1972 then-democratic Presidential nominee, senator George McGovern of South Dakota offered him vice presidency, but Askew declined it. McGovern lost to Richard Nixon.
Askew was reelected in 1974 and served until early 1979. After leaving office he was, for two years, United States Trade Representative under President Carter.
In 1984 he ran for President, but was defeated in the primary.
Askew had two children; one son and one daughter. Askew lived in Tallahassee, Florida.
He was regarded by many (including Harvard Scholars) as one of the best U.S. governors in the 20th Century.
- Official Governor's portrait and biography from the State of Florida
- Florida DeMolay hall of Fame website
- DeMolay hall of Fame website
- NYTimes obituary
Claude R. Kirk, Jr.
|Governor of Florida
January 5, 1971–January 2, 1979
D. Robert Graham