George Wallace

Politician

1919 – 1998

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Who was George Wallace?

George Corley Wallace Jr. was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963โ€“1967, 1971โ€“1979 and 1983โ€“1987. Wallace has the third longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,848 days. After four runs for U.S. President, he earned the title "the most influential loser" in 20th-century U.S. politics, according to biographers Dan T. Carter and Stephan Lesher.

A 1972 assassination attempt left Wallace paralyzed, and he used a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. He is remembered for his Southern populist and segregationist attitudes during the mid-20th century period of the African-American civil rights movement and activism, which gained passage of federal civil rights legislation in the mid-1960s to enforce constitutional rights for all citizens. He eventually renounced segregationism but remained a populist.

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Born
Aug 25, 1919
Clio
Also known as
  • George Corley Wallace
  • George Corley Wallace Jr.
  • George C. Wallace
  • Governor George C. Wallace
  • The Barbour Bantam
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Born again
  • Baptists
  • Methodism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama School of Law
Died
Sep 13, 1998
Montgomery
Resting place
Greenwood Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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