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George Wallace

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George Wallace, Democratic Governor of Alabama, 1963-1967, 1971-1979, 1983-1987, best known for his segregationist views and policies. Unsuccessful third party candidate for President, 1968; ran on an American Independent ticket and won the electoral votes of several Deep South states. Sought Democratic nomination in 1972; won Michigan and Maryland primaries, but was shot in Laurel, Maryland during the campaign. Abandoned bid for nomination, but sought it again (also unsuccessfully) in 1976.

Wallace is remembered for personally blocking the entrance to an Alabama educational institution in order to protest integration by the federal government. He also achieved notoriety for overriding Alabama's gubernatiorial term limit- as the governors were unable to succeed themselves, Wallace had his wife run in his stead. Mrs. Wallace won the election, and Wallace himself governed behind the scenes while his supporters in the legislature engineered a constitutional amendment to allow self-succession.

Wallace is still considered by many to be the epitome of the Southern racist. While later in life he claimed to have rejected those views, his legacy in the nation as a whole remains that of bigotry and stubbornness.


"Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

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This page was last modified 06:30, 28 November 2006 by dKosopedia user Harkov311. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Allamakee Democrat, Corncam and BaltimoreDem. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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