DMH Spotlight - April 10, 2007 meeting with George McGovern - DMH photos in his 85th birthday tribute and history Back

Senator George McGovern and his daughter Susan met with Diana Mara Henry during his visit and speaking tour to Williams College, and graciously signed the photo taken by Stuart Bratesman of them both, accompanied by Secret Service men, on a campaign stop at the Statue of Liberty during McGovern's Presidential campaign in 1972.

McGovern spoke candidly of the three factors that most influenced his loss of the election: the shooting of George Wallace, that returned an estimated 25 million third party votes to Richard Nixon, the "Eagleton affair'" and the 3 a.m. delivery of "the best speech I ever gave" at the Democratic National Convention - when no one was listening. (See photo of future President Bill Clinton listening to the speech on the front Spotlight page of this website.)

Mcgovern also asked me if I didn't believe, as he did, that had he won that election, "the country would not be in the sad state it is in now." Thanks to his gentle, courtly and inspirational remarks, once again, I was able to dream the dream that we all did in those days and form a vision of a better world.

McGovern stood ramrod straight and walked slowly, spoke softly, and was received with great interest by students at the Faculty House, where he held the tea-time conversation preceding his formal lecture that evening. He asked me if I thought he had presented something worthwhile to the young people, and of course I encouraged him to know he did, and to continue to speak and share his insights and inspiration for many years to come.


Diana Mara Henry's 1972 McGovern campaign images were shown at Senator George McGovern's 85th birthday celebration at the Cannon House Office Building and at Georgetown University, on July 13 and 14, 2007. They were part of a slide show by Stuart Bratesman, whose portrait of Diana Mara Henry is shown here. The slide show also included photographs of the campaign by Stuart Bratesman and Keith Wessel.Stuart writes:"The McGovern weekend was wonderful. There were 250 people at the Saturday luncheon... The slideshow was very well received and a number of people said that it brought memories of 1972 back to life for them.... Thank you for making all of your scans for the slide show."

Photograph by Stuart Bratesman of Diana Mara Henry during the McGovern campaign

See the McGovern 72 slide show on this website.


University Press of Kansas The Liberals’ Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party by Bruce Miroff features five photographs of the McGovern Campaign, 1972, by Diana Mara Henry: McGovern factory tour; Bella Abzug and Allen Ginsberg at Miami Beach; McGovern delivering acceptance speech; Eagleton at microphone; Young Bill Clinton on convention floor; Woman holding sign—“Did Gallup ever ask you?”   Photo copyright © 1972 Diana Mara Henry.
All images Diana Mara Henry. All rights reserved. Terms of Use