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On January 16, 1967, Lurleen Wallace was inaugurated as Alabama’s first female governor

Lurleen Wallace was inaugurated as Alabama’s first female governor–and only the third nationwide–as an estimated 150,000 look on. Wallace succeeded her husband George C. Wallace, who was barred by law at the time from serving consecutive terms. She died in office of cancer on May 7, 1968.” (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Lurleen Wallace was the 46th governor of Alabama and served for fifteen months from January 1967 until her death in May 1968. She was Alabama’s first, and to that date, only female governor. She was also the only female governor in U.S. history to have died in office.

“Lurleen Brigham Burns was born to Henry Burns and the former Estelle Burroughs of Fosters in Tuscaloosa County. She graduated in 1942 from Tuscaloosa County High School at the age of fifteen. She then worked at Kresge’s Five and Dime in Tuscaloosa, where she met George Wallace, at the time a member of the United States Army Air Corps. The couple married on May 22, 1943, when she was 16 and she focused on being a mother and homemaker for the next 20 years.” (Wikipedia)

Election Shocks (1966)

The Wallaces had four children: Bobbi Jo (1944) Parsons, Peggy Sue (1950) Kennedy, George Wallace, III (1951), and Janie Lee (1961) Dye, who was named after Robert E. Lee.

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  1. John Hedberg

    Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough

  2. Jan 2017, Gov Bentley had her portrait removed at the capital and placed his portrait while as acting Gov. What a shame!

  3. Steve Bryant

    OK, so why, State of Alabama & all Alabama TV stations, aren’t you reporting this as a celebration along with Robert E. Lee’s & MLK, Jr.’s birthdays…this is a very big slur on her memory. This is something she & the voters did for this state only…MLK did what he did for the whole US, not just Alabama. I’m not refuting anything that Dr. King did, it was great, just give just dues to LBW.

  4. Randy Chance

    And I was there that day. It was a big story but at 14 years old I didn’t know it then

  5. Angela Daniels

    Is there anyone out there who remembers a man working with Gov. Wallace for handicapped rights, John Ed Daniel??? He was my uncle….just curious…

  6. Frankie Pardue

    And on the same day, I met my husband for the first time. I was on a float in the inaugural parade and he drove a bus with band students who were marching in the parade.

  7. Sabrina Aldridge Smith

    I was a youngster but thought she was a lovely lady.

  8. L.s. Fuller

    I was riding on a float in the parade.

  9. L.s. Fuller

    Ann Haynes Waid, do you remember riding in the inaugural parade?

  10. George thought he would run the State through Lurleen. He found out differently. She had a mind of her own and George wasn’t able to be a surrogate governor. It was sad to see her pass away, because she was a classy lady, unlike her husband who was an insufferable jerk. Quite unlike George, she projected a very positive image for the state of Alabama.

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