served as vice president under Bill
Clinton for two terms of service between
1993 and 2001. After his service as a
politician, Gore became an avid environmental
activist, best known for his work on An
Inconvenient Truth and later as a co-Laureate
for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his
work in raising awareness of global warming.
Gore also co-founded Generation Investment
Management, a firm focused on sustainable
investing, and currently serves as Chairman
for the firm.
Gore Jr. was born in Carthage, Tennessee
on March 31, 1948 and spent his childhood
hopping between a hotel in Washington
and the family farm. He grew up in a political
atmosphere due to his father's position
as a U.S. Representative between 1939
and 1944 and again from 1945 to 1953.
Al Gore's father also served as a Senator
from Tennessee for the years between 1953
and 1971. His mother was one of the first
women to graduate from Vanderbilt University
Al Gore attended St. Albans School where
he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth
Aitcheson ("Tipper") at the
senior prom. After achieving a 1355 (out
of 1600) on his SAT, he applied and enrolled
in Harvard College. Gore became bored
with English as his major and switched
to Government, graduating with a BA in
June of 1969.
that year he enlisted in the U.S. Army
despite his opposition with the Vietnam
War. According to Gore, he felt it was
his civic duty to serve his country and
he ended up in Vietnam in 1971 for the
last seven months of his service. During
his time there he served as a military
journalist with the 20th Engineer Brigade
in Bien Hoa and later with the Army Engineer
Command in Long Binh.
applied for non-essential personnel honorable
discharge with only two months left so
that he could attend divinity school at
Vanderbilt. After Vanderbilt, Gore worked
at a newspaper before attending law school.
His political future came calling prior
to him finishing school and he was elected
to his first term as a Representative
in 1976. He served in the House until
1984 when he ran for and won a seat in
the Senate. Al Gore served as Senator
from Tennessee until 1993 when he became
the forty-fifth vice president.
serving two terms as vice-president under
Bill Clinton, Al Gore ran against George
W. Bush as the Democratic candidate in
2000. Although Gore won the popular vote,
he lost the electoral vote and consequently
losing the presidency, Al Gore still had
a strong sense of public service and began
dedicating his time to environmental issues.
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