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Born in Albion, Indiana, USA
Died in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameEarl Lauer Butz

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Earl L. Butz was born on July 3, 1909 in Albion, Indiana, USA as Earl Lauer Butz. He was married to Mary Emma Powell. He died on February 2, 2008 in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Mary Emma Powell (1937 - 1995) ( her death) ( 2 children)

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US Secretary of Agriculture, 1971-1976.
Forced to resign as U.S Secretary of Agriculture in 1976 after reports surfaced about a remark he made that was derogatory toward blacks.
His infamous quote was the inspiration for the title of Coming Attractions (1978), which featured a series of mock movie trailers and comedy sketches, including a musical number based on Butz's comment.
Awarded Purdue University's first doctorate in agricultural economics in 1937.
After resigning his cabinet post, was named dean emeritus of Purdue's School of Agriculture.
Children: William, Thomas.

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