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 Lester Garfield Maddox

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Lester Garfield Maddox

  • Birth 30 Sep 1915 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 25 Jun 2003 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Sandy Springs, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 7616433

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.

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  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 25 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7616433
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lester Garfield Maddox (30 Sep 1915–25 Jun 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7616433, citing Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .