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Lurleen Wallace

Lurleen Burns Wallace (1926 – 1968) was the 46th Governor of Alabama succeeding her husband, George C. Wallace after he was term-limited out. The Alabama constitution forbade consecutive terms.[1] She was Alabama's first female governor serving for fifteen months from January 1967 until her death from cancer in May 1968, while her husband was in the process of assembling his American Independent Party to challenge Richard M. Nixon and Hubert Humphrey in the presidential election.

In 1966, Lurleen Wallace defeated Republican U.S. Representative James Douglas Martin in the gubernatorial general election.

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  1. AL Const. art. V, § 114