On this day in Alabama history: Guy Hunt was born

On this day in Alabama history: Guy Hunt was born
President George Bush and Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt (center) are greeted by Marshall’s sixth center director Thomas J. Lee upon their arrival at Redstone Arsenal airfield on June 20, 1990. (NASA, Wikimedia)

June 17, 1933

Guy Hunt was born in Holly Pond in rural Cullman County on this day in 1933. He served as the state’s governor from 1987 to 1993. Hunt became governor as a result of a Democratic Party squabble that angered Alabama voters, and was the first Republican elected governor of Alabama since the Reconstruction Era. Hunt also was the first to be removed from that office after he was convicted on ethics charges in 1993. Hunt’s conviction required immediate removal from office, according to Alabama law. Within hours, James E. Folsom Jr., the Democratic lieutenant governor, was sworn in as Alabama’s new chief executive. In a controversial action, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles in March 1998 pardoned Hunt, arguing that he was innocent of the charges brought against him.

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