Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was a former professor of political science and two-term U.S. Senator from Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farm-Labor party, he was an outspoken liberal 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 October 25, 2002. 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. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a wrestling scholarship, graduating with a degree in political science in three years.
He married Sheila in 1963. In 1965 he earned his B.A., and four years later 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."
Wellstone joined the Political Science Department at Carleton in 1968 as an assistant professor.
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- WHOA House, an activism interest house named after Wellstone