16 Facts About George Wallace

1. In a 1995 interview, George Wallace said that he planned to vote for Republican Bob Dole in the 1996 presidential election, commenting, "He's a good man.

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2. On January 4, 1971, George Wallace wed the former Cornelia Ellis Snively, a niece of former Alabama Governor Jim Folsom, known as "Big Jim".

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3. In 1979, George Wallace said of his stand in the schoolhouse door: "I was wrong.

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4. In the late 1970s, George Wallace announced that he was a born-again Christian and apologized to black civil rights leaders for his past actions as a segregationist.

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5. In the southern primaries and caucuses, George Wallace carried only Mississippi, South Carolina and his home state of Alabama.

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6. In November 1975, George Wallace announced his fourth bid for the presidency.

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7. From his wheelchair, George Wallace spoke on July 11, 1972, at the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida.

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8. In the 1972 campaign, George Wallace announced that he no longer supported segregation and had always been a "moderate" on racial matters.

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9. On January 13, 1972, George Wallace declared himself a Democratic candidate, entering the field with George McGovern, 1968 nominee Hubert Humphrey, and nine other Democratic opponents.

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10. In the runoff, George Wallace narrowly won the Democratic nomination and won the general election in a landslide.

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11. In 1970, George Wallace sought the Democratic nomination against incumbent Governor Albert Brewer, who was the first gubernatorial candidate since Reconstruction to seek African-American voter support.

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12. In September 1963, George Wallace attempted to stop four black students from enrolling in four separate elementary schools in Huntsville.

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13. In the runoff, George Wallace won the nomination with 55 percent of the vote.

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14. In 1938, at age 19, George Wallace contributed to his grandfather's successful campaign for probate judge.

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15. Early in 1943, George Wallace was accepted for pilot training by the United States Army Air Forces.

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16. In the late 1970s, George Wallace announced that he became a born again Christian and moderated his views on race, renouncing his past support for segregation.

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