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Robert "Bob" W. Straub was born in San Francisco, California, in 1920. He grew up in Los Altos, a town south of San Francisco. He studied liberal arts at Dartmouth College, earning a bachelor's degree in 1943 and a master's of business administration in 1947. While in college, he met Pat Stroud on top of a mountain in New Hampshire. They married in 1943 and later had six children. Straub served as a corps master in the Army Quartermaster Corps during World War II. After the war, he worked as a supply clerk for various lumber companies, and he eventually started a business as a building contractor in Springfield, Oregon. He was a Democrat and a Lane County commissioner from 1955 to 1959. He represented Lane County in the Oregon Senate from 1959 to 1963, was Oregon state treasurer from 1965 to 1973, and was Oregon governor from 1974 to 1978. After leaving politics, Straub turned to farming and ranching. He died in 2002.
Victor "Vic" George Atiyeh was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1923. He met Delores Hewitt while a student at Washington High School. They later married in 1944 and had two children. He attended the University of Oregon, but dropped out after the death of his father in order to take over the family carpet business, Atiyeh Brothers. He was a Republican politician and represented Washington County in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1959 to 1964, and in the Oregon Senate from 1965 to 1979. He was governor of Oregon from 1979 to 1987. He died in 2014.
Mark Odom Hatfield was born in Dallas, Oregon, in 1922. He graduated from Willamette University in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was among the first U.S. forces to enter Hiroshima after the bombing, an event that deeply affected his views on war. After his discharge, he returned to Willamette University to study law. After a year, he decided instead to focus on political science and transferred to Stanford University, where he earned his master's degree in 1948. He and Antoinette Kuzmanich were married in 1958; they later had four children. Hatfield was a liberal Republican and represented Marion County in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1951 to 1955, and in the Oregon Senate from 1955 to 1957. He served as Oregon secretary of state from 1957 to 1959, and as Oregon governor from 1959 to 1967. He represented Oregon in the U.S. Senate from 1967 to 1997, serving as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1981 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1997. He died in 2011.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York, in 1882. He served as governor of New York from 1929 to 1932, and as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.