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Governor , secretary of agriculture

Orville FREEMAN, American lawyer and politician.; Board of directors Committee the Future, Natomas Corporation, Franklin Mint, UNA of United States of America, Multinational Agribusiness Systems Inc.; Council on Foreign Relations, Institute Club of Washington, D.C., University Club of New York City; Salzburg Seminar 1974, 1977; Soil Conservation Society of America.


FREEMAN, Orville was born on May 9, 1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Son of Orville E. Freeman and the late Frances (nee Schroeder) Freeman.


Bachelor magna cum laude, University Minnesota, 194O. Bachelor of Laws, 1946. Bachelor of Laws (honorary), University Seoul, Korea.

Degree (honorary), American University. Degree (honorary), Fairleigh Dickinson University. Degree (honorary), St. Joseph's College.


Member, Larson, Loevinger, Lindquist and Freeman, Minneapolis, 1947-1955;governor, Minnesota, 1955-1961;secretary, United States Department of Agriculture, 1961-1969;president, Electronic Data Processing Technology International Inc., 1969-1970;president, chief Executive officer, Business International Corporation, New York City, 1970-1981;Chairman of the Board, Business International Corporation, 1981-1984;senior partner international law, Popham, Haik, Schnobrich, Kaufman & Doty, Ltd., Washington, 1985-1995. Director Natomas Corporation, Multinat. Agribusiness Sys., Inc., Franklin Mint, Grumman Corporation, Slater, Michael Foods, Mycogen Corporation, San Diego.

Member of faculty Salzburg (Austria) Seminar, 1974, 77. Visiting scholar Hubert Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, since 1995.


  • Bar: Minnesota 1947.


Assistant charge veterans affairs to mayor Minneapolis, 1945-1949. Chairman Minneapolis Civil Service Commission, 1946-1949. Secretary Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party, 1946-1948, chairman, 1948-1950.

Member executive committee Japan-United States Business Advisory Council. Chairman India-United States Business Advisory Council, CARESBAC, 1986-1996, chairman emeritus. Member advisory committee Hubert Humphrey Institute.

Chairman United States-Nigerian Agricultural Consultative Committee. Chairman board directors World Watch Institute, 1970-1996, chairman emeritus, since 1997. President Agriculture Council American, 1985-1990.

Chairman board governors United Nations Association United States of America. Member Presidential Commission on World Hunger. Past trustee Lutheran Church in American Lieutenant colonel United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1942-1949, United States Marine Corps Reserve 1949-1969.

Member Executive Alumni Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Rho.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, hiking, fishing, jogging, hunting.


Married Jane C. Shields, May 2, 1942. Children: Constance Jane, Michael Orville.

Orville E. Freeman

Frances (Schroeder) Freeman

Jane C. Shields

Constance Jane Freeman

Michael Orville Freeman