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Lester Maddox

Lester MaddoxAKA Lester Garfield Maddox

Born: 30-Sep-1915
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Died: 25-Jun-2003
Location of death: Atlanta, GA
Cause of death: Accident - Fall
Remains: Buried, Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, 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, 1967-71

After several false starts in politics (losing two mayoral races and an attempt to become Lt. Governor), Maddox became infamous when he was photographed on 3 July 1964 wielding an axe handle at negroes attempting to enter his whites-only Pickrick cafeteria. After a lengthy court battle, Maddox closed his restaurant rather than admit the darker races. Maddox subsequently ran for governor, defeating ex-Governor Ellis Arnall in the primary and Bo Callaway in the election. Though fears were than he would run Georgia as a whites-only playground, Maddox actually appointed more blacks to state offices than all previous governors put together, and was strangely popular among at least a good portion of Georgia's African-American community.

Father: Dean Garfield Maddox (steelworker)
Mother: Flonnie Castleberry
Wife: Hattie Virginia Cox (m. 9-May-1936, d. 25-Jun-1997, lupus)
Daughter: Linda Densmore
Daughter: Virginia Louise Carnes
Son: Lester G. Maddox, Jr.
Son: Larry Maddox

    High School: (dropped out)

    Lieutenant Governor of Georgia (1971-76)
    Governor of Georgia (1967-71)
    Freemasonry
    Loyal Order of Moose
    Draft Deferment: World War II
    Assault Atlanta, GA (3-Jul-1964), acquitted
    Heart Attack 25-Sep-1977
    Open Heart Surgery 1991
    Stroke
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer

Is the subject of books:
The Riddle of Lester Maddox, 1968, BY: Bruce Galphin


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