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 Paul David Wellstone
Full Name: Paul David Wellstone
Born: July 21, 1944 in Washington, D.C.
Died: Oct. 25, 2002 in near Eveleth, Minnesota
Paul David Wellstone was a leftist politician (the only senator facing reelection in 2002 to vote against the war in Iraq) who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until his death in a mysterious plane crash in 2002 that inspired conspiracy theories, generally speculating that he was assassinated by the U.S. government