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This Day in Georgia History

January 09, 1951

Herman Talmadge Inaugurated

Herman Talmadge was inaugurated for his second and last term as governor. His father, Eugene, had won the 1946 general election but died before taking office. In a contest dispute known as the “Three Governors Affair,” Herman had been named governor by the General Assembly but had to step down after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that newly elected lieutenant governor Melvin E. Thompson should fill the office. In a special election held in 1948, Herman won election to the final two years of his father’s term. He ran again in 1950 and won a full four-year term. See Aug. 9 entry for biographical information on Herman Talmadge.

To view an image of Herman Talmadge in 1950, see the Georgia Archives