Andrus, Cecil

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  • Cecil Andrus (1931–) was the U.S. secretary of the interior during the Jimmy Carter administration and served as governor of Idaho both before and after his term as secretary of the interior. The only person elected Idaho governor four times and called “one of the most important secretaries of interior in U.S. history,” Andrus was born into a poor family in rural Hood River, Oregon (Butts 2011). After serving in the Navy during the Korean War and attending college for a year, Andrus married his wife, Carol, in 1949 and became a millwright, moving across the Snake River on the border between Oregon and Idaho to the town of Orofino. He became politically active in 1960 when he confronted the area's Republican state senator over ...

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