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Walter Henry Judd (September 25 1898, Rising City, NebraskamarkerFebruary 13, 1994, Mitchellville, Marylandmarker) was an American politician and statesman. After serving in the United States Army in World War I, he earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska in 1923, then was Traveling Secretary for the Student Volunteer Movement. He was medical missionary in China, 1925-31 and 1934-1938. He came back to the United States to urge Americans not to be isolationists but to support China against Japanese aggression. Elected to the U.S. Congress from Minnesotamarker in 1942, where he became a respected and eloquent voice in support of China. He served for 20 years from 1943 until 1963 in the 78th, 79th, 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th, 85th, 86th, and 87th congresses. Dr. Judd gave the keynote address at the 1960 Republican National Convention in Chicagomarker. In 1964 Judd's name was placed in nomination at the Republican National Convention for President and he received a smattering of votes. In 1981, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian award). He was an outspoken anti-communist and critic of U.S. rapprochement with China at the expense of the Republic of Chinamarker on Taiwanmarker. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, he was actively involved in the Council Against Communist Aggression in Washington DC. He was known for his eloquent oratory and expertise in US foreign policy. He died in 1994.

He was the last person to attempt to run for president on a major party ticket to be born in the 19th century, though he did not make it past the primaries. While, this is technically still possible, it is likely never to happen again, since a candidate would be 110.

Walter Judd Freedom Award

The Fund for American Studies, an educational and internship program that works in partnership with Georgetown University, annually presents the The Walter Judd Freedom Award in cooperation with the Center for International Relations to recognize individuals who have advanced the cause of freedom in the United States and abroad. Past recipients have included former United States President Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and George J. Viksnins, Emeritus Professor at Georgetown Universitymarker.


Lee Edwards, Missionary for Freedom: The Life and Times of Walter Judd (New York: Paragon, 1990).

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