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Lurleen Wallace

Lurleen Brigham Burns Wallace

In office
January 16, 1967 – May 7, 1968
Succeeded by Albert P. Brewer

First Lady of Alabama
In office
January 14, 1963 – January 16, 1967
Governor George Wallace
Preceded by Florentine Patterson
Succeeded by George Wallace (as First Gentleman)

Born September 19, 1926
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Died May 7, 1968 (aged 41)
Montgomery, Alabama
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) George Corley Wallace, Jr., (married 1943-1968, her death)
Children Four children, including George Wallace, III
Alma mater Tuscaloosa Business College

Lurleen Burns Wallace September 19, 1926 – May 7, 1968) was the 46th Governor of Alabama succeeding her husband, George C. Wallace, who was term-limited. The Alabama constitution forbade consecutive terms.[1] She was Alabama's first female governor serving for fifteen months from January 1967 until her death from cancer in May 1968, while her husband was in the process of assembling his American Independent Party to challenge Richard M. Nixon and Hubert Humphrey in the presidential election.

In 1966, Mrs. Wallace handily defeated Republican U.S. Representative James Douglas Martin (1918-2017) of Gadsden in the gubernatorial general election. John Sparkman won another term in the same election against the Republican John Grenier.

See also


  1. AL Const. art. V, § 114