A well-connected name can help ease one's way in life. For instance, the daughter of George McGovern (1972 Democratic presidential candidate and former Senator from South Dakota) married a man named Rowen and they had a son, Matt Rowen. Recognizing the weight of his grandfather's name in politics, Matt Rowen eventually went by Matt McGovern-Rowen and recently shortened that to Matt McGovern. In 2010, he was a potential US Senate candidate from South Dakota but chose not to run.
Rietz R. Mary Putnam Jacobi and the Politics of Medicine in Nineteenth-Century America. JAMA. 2010;304(19):2184. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1681
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