Hatfield, Mark

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  • During nearly fifty years as a public official, Mark Hatfield (1922–2011) demonstrated an ability to hold independent, principled positions on issues while still maintaining his popularity with the electorate. Hatfield represented Oregon for thirty years in the U.S. Senate, where he often took stands that were contrary to those of his fellow Republicans.

    Hatfield was born July 12, 1922, in Dallas, Polk County, Oregon. He graduated from Willamette University in 1943, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and earned a graduate degree from Stanford University in 1948. Between 1949 and 1956, Hatfield taught political science and was dean of students at Willamette University. He entered politics in 1951, serving two terms in the Oregon House of Representatives and serving in the Oregon ...

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