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Bert Lance

AKA Thomas Bertram Lance

Born: 3-Jun-1931
Birthplace: Gainesville, GA
Died: 15-Aug-2013
Location of death: Calhoun, GA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: OMB Director, 1977

With a degree from the University of Georgia and graduate study at LSU and Rutgers, Bert Lance entered his wife's family banking business as a mere clerk, eventually rising to the chairmanship. In the mid 1960s, common interest in politics led him and State Senator Jimmy Carter to become fast friends. After Carter's election to Governor in 1970, he appointed Lance head of the Department of Transportation. After Carter's term was finished, Lance was an unsuccessful candidate for the same office. He returned to the private sector as President of the National Bank of Georgia, and after Carter was elected to the US Presidency, became director of the Office of Management and Budget. But such a high office brought press scrutiny to his activities when he was at the Calhoun First National Bank. After months of firestorm, Lance had to resign for the good of the administration. He was cleared of any wrongdoing by a subsequent jury trial. Lance returned to the Calhoun bank as Chairman in 1981, and concurrently served as leader of the Georgia Democratic Party. He died in 2013.


[1] Calhoun First United Methodist Church.

Father: Thomas Jackson Lance (university president)
Wife: LaBelle David

    High School: Calhoun High School, Calhoun, GA
    University:
BA, University of Georgia (1951)
    University: Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
    University: Rutgers University
    Administrator: Trustee, Reinhardt College

    Georgia Democratic Party Chairman (1982-85)
    Member of the Board of Calhoun First National Bank (as Chairman, 1981-86)
    US Director, Office of Management and Budget (21-Jan-1977 to 23-Sep-1977, resigned)
    National Bank of Georgia President (1974-76)
    Georgia State Official Commissioner, Department of Transportation (1971-73)
    Calhoun First National Bank
    American Cancer Society
    Sigma Chi Fraternity


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