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Lester Maddox
Birth: Sep. 30, 1915
Death: Jun. 25, 2003

Governor of Georgia. He was a restaurateur who became a symbol of segregationist defiance and then governor in a fluke election. He became famous in the 1960s when he closed and then sold his Pickwick fried chicken restaurant in Atlanta rather than serve blacks. He became governor when neither he nor his Republican opponent received the majority of the vote and the Democratic controlled state legislature chose Maddox to be governor. He served from 1967-71 but state law barred him from succeeding himself, so he served the next four years as lieutenant governor where he constantly battled the man who succeeded him as governor, President-to-be Jimmy Carter. He ran again for governor in 1974 and a final time in 1990 losing both times. (bio by: Ron Moody) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Dean Garfield Maddox (1887 - 1961)
  Flonnie Belle Castleberry Maddox (1894 - 1995)
 
 Spouse:
  Virginia Cox Maddox (1918 - 1997)*
 
 Children:
  Linda Sue Maddox Densmore (1938 - 2011)*
 
 Sibling:
  Lester Maddox (1915 - 2003)
  Thomas Wesley Maddox (1923 - 1980)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington Memorial Park
Sandy Springs
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Jun 25, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7616433
Lester Maddox
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