George Wallace

George Wallace

George Corley Wallace Jr. (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) was an American politician and the 45th governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. After four runs for U.S. president (three as a Democrat and one on the American Independent Party ticket), 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 desegregation period, convictions that he renounced later in life. Wallace said that he did not wish to meet his Maker with unforgiven sin.

Read more about George WallaceEarly Life, Entry Into Politics, Democratic Presidential Primaries of 1964, The 1964 Unpledged Elector Slate, First Gentleman of Alabama, 1968 Third-party Presidential Run, Second Term As Governor, Democratic Presidential Primaries of 1976, Marriages and Children, Final Years, Legacy

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