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George Wallace blocks black students
Alabama Governor, George Wallace, is seen here in June of 1963, when he blocked two black students from enrolling in the all-white University of Alabama. Wallace, whose political career was marked by resistance to racial integration, died September 13, 1998, at a Montgomery Hospital in Alabama. (UPI Photo/Files)
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George Corley Wallace, Jr. (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) was the 45th Governor of Alabama, serving four terms: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. "The most influential loser" in 20th-century U.S. politics, according to biographers Dan T. Carter and Stephan Lesher, he ran for U.S. president four times, running officially as a Democrat three times and in the American Independent Party once.

A 1972 assassination attempt left him paralyzed; he used a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He is best known for his Southern populist, pro-segregation attitudes during the American desegregation period, convictions he renounced later in life.

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