Currently alive, at 109 years of age.
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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.