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Melvin E. Thompson

AKA Melvin Ernest Thompson

Born: 1-May-1903
Birthplace: Millen, GA
Died: 3-Oct-1980
Location of death: Valdosta, GA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens, Valdosta, GA

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Georgia, 1947-48

Upon the death of Governor-Elect Eugene Talmadge in 1947, it was unclear under the Georgia state constitution who should assume the governorship. The "Three Governors Controversy" had Thompson, newly elected Lieutenant Governor, the current Governor Ellis Arnall, who thought he could serve until a new Governor was elected, and Herman Talmadge, son of the Governor-Elect and appointed by the state legislature, all vying for position. Talmadge briefly assumed office, but the Georgia State Supreme Court ruled that Thompson was the proper successor.

Father: Henry Jackson Thompson
Mother: Eva Inez Edenfield
Wife: Ann Newton (m. 1926, one son)
Son: Melvin Ernest, Jr.

    University: Piedmont College (attended)
    University: Emory University (1926)
    University: MA, University of Georgia (1935)

    Governor of Georgia (18-Mar-1947 to 17-Nov-1948)
    Lieutenant Governor of Georgia (1947)
    Georgia State Official State Revenue Commissioner (1945-47)
    Georgia State Official Executive Secretary to Gov. Ellis Arnall (1943-45)
    Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks
    Freemasonry
    Shriners
    Woodmen of the World


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