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George Wallace

George Wallace (August 25, 1919 to September 13, 1998) was an American politician who was elected Governor of Alabama four times (1962, 1970, 1974 and 1982) and ran for US President in (1968, 1972, 1976). He was widely known for opposing the Civil Rights Movement[?] and school integration in the United States during the 1960s. He stood in front of a school himself in an attempt to stop integration at the school. He was a strong supporter of states rights. He did later in life apologized for his views on integration.

Alabama's constitution prevented him from seeking a second term in 1966. That restriction was later repealed. Wallace found away around this be having his wife, Lurleen Wallace run for office. She won the election. It was widely know at the time of the election, that George Wallace would actually run the state, his wife however passed away in 1968. George Wallace was a member of the Democrat party. However when he ran for President in 1968, he ran as a member of the American Independent Party[?]. He had hoped to receive enough electoral votes[?] to force the US House of Representatives to decide the election. This did not occur.

It was during his 1972 campaign for the Democratic Party nomination for President, that a would be assassin shot and permanently wounded Wallace. He was shot by Arthur H. Bremer. The gun shots left Wallace's legs paralyzed.

George Wallace would twice remarry and each one ended in divorce. In 1971, Wallace married Cornelia Ellis Snively, a niece of former Alabama Governor James E. Folsom. The couple were divorced in 1978. In 1981, Wallace married Lisa Taylor, a country music singer. The marriage ended in divorce in 1987. George Wallace died in September of 1998.



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