Buford Ellington

Buford Ellington

Birth
Holmes County, Mississippi, USA
Death 3 Apr 1972 (aged 64)
Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Burial Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 5716530 · View Source
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Governor of Tennessee. He served two non-consecutive terms as Tennessee governor (1959-63 and 1967-71). Serving as state commissioner of agriculture, he was chosen to follow his friend and three-term Gov. Frank G. Clement, who could not succeed himself according to the state constitution. Following Ellington's four-year term, Clement succeeded him in 1963 and four years later Ellington did the same. One of the highlights of his twin administrations was his appointment of the first African-American cabinet official in Tennessee history, which was quite a testament as Ellington was a former supporter of racial segregation. Following his second term, he passed away during a golf outing in Florida and was returned to Tennessee for burial.

Bio by: Phillip O. Hamilton


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Phillip O. Hamilton
  • Added: 26 Aug 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5716530
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Buford Ellington (27 Jun 1907–3 Apr 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5716530, citing Lone Oak Cemetery, Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .