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This Day in Georgia History

November 17, 1948

Herman Talmadge Sworn in as Governor

Herman Talmadge was sworn in as governor of Georgia bringing to an end the famous “Three Governors Affair.” Herman’s father, Eugene, was elected governor in November 1946 but died in December before taking office. Herman claimed the office for two months (Jan.-Mar. 1947) but stepped down after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that newly elected lieutenant governor Melvin E. Thompson should fill the vacancy until the next general election. Herman Talmadge defeated Melvin Thompson in the September 1948 primary and then won the Nov. 2, 1948 general election to fill the term of his deceased father.

Herman Talmadge Sworn in as Governor View large image
Source: Photo: Ed Jackson