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Butz, Earl Lauer

Born: 1909 AD
Currently alive, at 106 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Administrators

1909 – He was born in Albion, Indiana on the 3rd of July.

1932-1937 – He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, and then a doctorate in Agricultural Economics. He is the uncle of former NFL player Dave Butz.

1948 – Butz became vice president of the American Agricultural Economics Association.

1954 – He was appointed Assistant Secretary of Agriculture by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1957 – He left both of the aforementioned posts, when he became the Dean of Agriculture at his alma mater, Purdue University.

1968 – He was promoted to the positions of Dean of Education and vice president of the university’s research foundation.

1971 – President Richard Nixon appointed Butz as Secretary of Agriculture, a position in which he continued to serve after Nixon resigned as the result of the Watergate scandal.

1974 – World Food Conference in Rome, Butz made fun of the Pope’s opposition to "population control" by quipping, in a mock Italian accent: "He no playa the game, he no maka the rules.

1976 – Butz was forced to resign his cabinet post on October 4, after a second gaffe.

1981 – On the 22nd of May, Butz pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion charges, for having underreported income he had earned in 1978.

         – On the 19th of June, he was sentenced to five years in prison; however, all but 30 days of the term were suspended. He was also fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $61,183 in civil penalties.

2007 – Butz is the oldest living former Cabinet member, regardless of department or administration served in.