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Born in 1919 in Clio, Alabama, George Wallace was the 45th Democratic governor of his home state, serving four non-consecutive terms. Wallace ran for President three times, but his 1972 campaign was cut short due to an assassination attempt. He was shot and ultimately paralyzed from the waist down. Because of this, he spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Wallace returned to serve as governor two years after the assassination attempt, holding the office from 1975-1979 and 1983-1987. He was most well known for his staunch opposition to desegregation although in the late 1970s, during his third term as governor, he renounced his views.
Eskew, G. (2008 September). “George C. Wallace (1963-67, 1971-79, 1983-87).” Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved from http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1676