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This Day in Georgia History

January 10, 1967

Lester Maddox Elected Governor General Assembly

To view an image of Lester Maddox, see the Georgia Archives

Lester Maddox was elected governor by the Georgia Assembly. In the 1966 general election Maddox, a Democrat, had faced Republican Bo Callaway. Callaway won more votes than Maddox, but because of write-in votes for Ellis Arnall, he did not receive a majority of the total votes. According to provisions of the state constitution then in effect, the election was placed in the hands of the General Assembly. On Jan. 10, the overwhelmingly Democratic legislature selected Maddox, who was sworn into office the same day. See Sept. 30 entry for biographical information on Maddox.