Philip H. Hoff
Early years and political rise
Philip Hoff's schooling was interrupted by the Second World War, in which he took part as a submarine operator in the South Pacific from 1943. After the war he attended until 1948, Williams College. Then he studied until 1951 at Cornell University law. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1960 and 1962 he was a member of the House of Representatives of Vermont, and in 1962 he was elected to the incumbent F. Ray Keyser as the new governor of Vermont. He was since 1854 the first governor of that state, was not a member of the Republican Party. The election victory he owed one hand, his well-run campaign, but also the popularity of the 1960 elected Democratic President John F. Kennedy.
Governor of Vermont
Philip Hoff took up his new post on January 10, 1963. After he was re-elected in 1964 and 1966 respectively, he could serve until 9 January 1969 as governor. He stood up for the environment and social issues. He left the labor situation of women was analyzed and against racism. Hoff was the first Democratic governor in the United States, had a falling out over the issue of the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1968, he supported the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the assassinated John F. Kennedy in 1963. However, Robert Kennedy fell in June also assassinated. Hoff's fiscal policy was criticized at the time because of high expenditures and the associated increase in the national debt. Otherwise, Philip Hoff was a member of numerous associations governor and other organizations.
In 1970, Hoff applied unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. Senate. In the 1980s, he was elected three times in the state Senate. He also worked as a lawyer. In 1989 he co-founded a law firm, which he belongs to this day. Hoff has held several honorary positions and served on the board of several companies as well as curator of the Vermont Law School. With his wife Joan P. Brower he has four children.