Photograph of George Wallace in center of button with red text on a white background. Bottom edge of button is blue with white text.
George C. Wallace (1919-1998) was an American politician who served as the Governor of Alabama from 1963-1967, 1971-1979, and 1983-1987 all of which was as a Democrat. In addition, Wallace was also a U.S. Presidential candidate where he ran as a Democrat in 1964, 1972, and 1976. In 1968, however, Wallace ran as the candidate for the American Independent Party (AIP). Wallace is noted for his pro-segregation stance, proclaiming in a 1963 speech that he believed in "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."
In 1972, Wallace was the victim of an assassination attempt by Arthur Herman Bremer. Occurring at the Laurel Shopping Center in Laurel, Maryland,Wallace was shot in the abdomen, chest, and spinal cord. Though the assassination failed, Wallace was left paralyzed from the waist down, forcing him into a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
Inaugural address of Governor George Wallace, which was delivered at the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. (2010, April 23). Alabama Department of History and Archives. Retrieved from http://digital.archives.alabama.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/voices/id/...