Al Gore

Al Gore

Al Gore. Photo by: Dan Farber

Al Gore Life

Al Gore was born in Washington D.C., and was the second of two children to Albert and Pauline Gore. Gore’s sister, Nancy, was born in 1938 .but unfortunately died of lung cancer in 1984. Al Gore’s father, Albert Gore Sr., was a U.S. Representative who later served as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee. Gore’s mother, Pauline Gore, was one of the first women to graduate from Vanderbilt University Law School.

During the school year Gore lived with his family in The Fairfax Hotel in the Embassy Row section in Washington D.C. In the summer months, Gore worked on the family farm in Carthage, Tennessee, where the Gores grew tobacco and hay and raised cattle.

Al Gore attended the all-boys St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. from 1956 to 1965, a prestigious feeder school for the Ivy League. He was the captain of the football team, threw discus for the track and field team, and participated in basketball, art, and government. He graduated 25th in his class of 51. Al Gore applied to only one college, Harvard, and was accepted.

Al Gore

Al Gore and his wife “Tipper” on their wedding day. Photo by: File Upload Bot

Gore met Mary Elizabeth “Tipper” Aitcheson from the nearby St. Agnes School at his St. Albans senior prom in 1965. Tipper followed Gore to Boston when he was accepted to Harvard and on May 19, 1970, shortly after Tipper graduated from Boston University, they married at the Washington National Cathedral.

Together the couple has four children: Karenna, Kristin, Sarah and Albert Gore III. Although, in early June of 2010 the couple decided to separate.

Al Gore Career

Gore began serving in the U.S. Congress at the age of 28 and stayed there for the next 16 years, serving in both the House (1977–85) and the Senate (1985–93). Gore spent many weekends in Tennessee, working with his constituents.

In 1988, Al Gore decided to try running for president; Gore campaigned for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States against Joe Biden. In the end, Gore carried seven states in the primaries, finishing third overall.

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Al Gore running for election! Photo by: Brett Davis.

In the years from 1993-2001 Gore not only found himself running in his second presidential election, but also he became the vice president to Bill Clinton.  After clashing with the George H. W. Bush administration over global warming issues, Gore decided to accept Clintons offer regarding the vice presidency. Clinton stated that he chose Gore due to his foreign policy experience, work with the environment, and commitment to his family.

In 2000 Gore ran again for the presidency and was up against George W. Bush. On election night, in Florida, a recount was ordered. The Florida recount was stopped a few weeks later by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the ruling, Bush v. Gore, the Justices held that the Florida recount was unconstitutional and that no constitutionally valid recount could be completed by the December 12 deadline, effectively ending the recounts. Bush won that election with a 537 vote victory.

Al Gore at Harvard and the Vietnam War

Gore enrolled in Harvard College in 1965, initially planning to major in English and write novels, but later deciding to major in government. On Gores second day on campus, he began campaigning for the freshman student government council, and was elected its president.

Al Gore’s grades during his first two years put him in the lower one-fifth of the class. In his junior and senior years, Gore became more involved with his studies, earning As and Bs. In his senior year, he took a class with oceanographer and global warming theorist Roger Revelle, who sparked Gore’s interest in global warming and other environmental issues. Gore earned an A on his thesis, “The Impact of Television on the Conduct of the Presidency, 1947-1969”, and graduated with an A.B. cum laude in June 1969.

When Gore graduated in 1969, his student deferment ended and he immediately became eligible for the military draft. His father, a vocal anti-Vietnam War critic, was facing a reelection in 1970. Gore eventually decided that the best way he could contribute to the anti-war effort was to enlist in the Army, which would improve his father’s reelection prospects.

Gore has said that his other reason for enlisting was that he did not want someone with fewer options than he to go in his place. Actor Tommy Lee Jones, a former college housemate, recalled Gore saying that “If he found a fancy way of not going, someone else would have to go in his place.” Gore received an honorable discharge from the Army in May 1971.