On this day in Alabama history: Albert Brewer became governor after Lurleen Wallace’s death

On this day in Alabama history: Albert Brewer became governor after Lurleen Wallace’s death
Albert P. Brewer, governor of Alabama from 1968 to 1971, and later a law professor at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. (Encyclopedia of Alabama) (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History)

May 7, 1968

Lt. Gov. Albert Brewer assumed the governorship after the death of Gov. Lurleen Wallace. Originally a “Wallace man,” Brewer separated himself from George Wallace and sought no input from the former governor. In 33 months in office, Brewer established the first code of ethics for Alabama’s state employees, worked with black leaders and enacted one of the state’s most successful education reform packages. He ran for a full term in 1970, but ultimately lost the Democratic nomination to Wallace after a vicious campaign that spread untrue rumors and preyed on racial fears. After a final unsuccessful run for governor in 1978, Brewer became a longtime professor of law and government at Samford University. Brewer died January 2, 2017.

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