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Orville Lothrop Freeman, American Lawyer, former governor of Minnesota, think tank executive. Bar: Minnesota 1947.


Freeman, Orville Lothrop was born on May 9, 1918 in Minneapolis. Son of Orville E. and Frances (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.


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

Orville E. Freeman

Frances (Schroeder) Freeman

Jane C. Shields

Michael Orville Freeman

Constance Jane Freeman