George Wallace

By Arturo Parra

5 Facts

  1. 1968 Presidential candidate (3rd Party)
  2. 45th Governor of Alabama
  3. Argued against busing of school children for racial integration.
  4. A 1972 assassination attempt left him paralyzed and he used a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.
  5. The George Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10, which runs underneath Mobile, Alabama, is honored in his name.

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George Wallace believed in preserving segregation. Wallace was a populist of this idea which caught on to the majority of whites in Alabama at the time. George served sixteen years over four terms which was considered as the longest-serving governor of Alabama. His wife, Lurleen Wallace, was the first and so far the only woman to serve as governor of Alabama.