Paul Wellstone Family Details
Paul is survived by his two children, David and Mark Wellstone. His daughter, Marcia, was 33 when she died with her parents in the plane crash.
The senator met his wife, Sheila Ison Wellstone, at UNC (University of North Carolina) and married her during his first year at the University.
Paul David Wellstone was born in Washington, D.C., on July 21, 1944. His parents, Leon and Minnie Wellstone are Ukrainian Jewish immigrants.
Leon changed the family name from Wexelstein to Wellstone after facing antisemitism during the 1930s.
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Paul attended Wakefield public schools and Yorktown High School, graduating in 1962. Paul went to UNC and did a Bachelor of Arts in political science, graduating in 1965. Moreover, Paul obtained a Ph.D. in political science from UNC in May 1969.