Wallace, George C.

1973 TLS as Alabama Governor, 4-time presidential candidate, paralyzed in 1972 attempted assassination

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(1919-1998) 45th Governor of Alabama, served 196367, 197179 & 198387, best known for his Southern populist, pro-segregation attitudes during the Civil Rights era. To stop desegregation by the enrollment of Black students Vivian Malone & James Hood, he stood in front of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963, later known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door". After being confronted by US marshals, Deputy Attorney General Katzenbach, and the Alabama National Guard, he stood aside. He again attempted to stop 4 Black students from enrolling in 4 separate elementary schools in Huntsville in Sept. 1963. After intervention by a federal court in Birmingham, the children were allowed to enter on Sept. 9, becoming the first to integrate an Alabama primary or secondary school. Wallace announced he was a born-again Christian in the late 70s and apologized to Black civil rights leaders for his earlier segregationist views. He ran for US president 4 times, 3 times as a Democrat (1964, 1972 & 1976) and in 1968, as candidate of the American Independent Party (with Curtis LeMay as his running mate), he carried 5 Southern states and won almost 10 million popular votes; he was the last non-Democrat, non-Republican candidate to win any electoral votes. He was shot 5 times by Arthur Bremer while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland, on May 15, 1972. The assassination attempt left him paralyzed; he used a wheelchair for the rest of his life. TLS as Governor on 10 x 7 official letterehad with gilt state seal at top, Montgomery, Ala., July 17 1973, to a Maine schoolteacher. Wallace, who had been shot and paralyzed 14 months earlier, apologizes for the belated reply to his letter, sends best wishes to children and sends (not present) an autographed picture for his classroom.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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