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This Day in Georgia History

January 11, 1955

Marvin Griffin Sworn In

Marvin Griffin was sworn in as Georgia governor. Griffin had campaigned for election on a platform committed to segregation, the county-unit system, states rights, and economy in state government. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 and 1955 rulings in the Brown v. Board of Education case, Griffin would devote himself to a policy of “massive resistance” to federally imposed school integration. [See Sept. 4 entry for biographical information.]

To view an image of Marvin Griffin on campaign material, see the Georgia Archives