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date: 02 March 2021

Wallace, Georgelocked

(25 August 1919–13 September 1998)
  • Harold W. Stanley

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Wallace, George (25 August 1919–13 September 1998), politician, was born George Corley Wallace, in Clio, Alabama, the son of George C. Wallace, Sr., a struggling farmer, and Mozell Smith Wallace, a piano teacher. Both parents disliked using “Junior,” so he was called “George C.” to differentiate him from his father and his paternal grandfather. The oldest of four children, he became interested in politics at an early age, serving in 1935 as a page in the Alabama legislature. He quarterbacked for his high school football team and excelled at boxing, winning the state Golden Gloves bantamweight championships in 1936 and 1937. He also honed his salesmanship skills: summers he traveled around the East Coast and the Midwest with a group of young men selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door....

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