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This Day in Georgia History

January 20, 1933

Paul Coverdell Born

To view an image of Paul Coverdell, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Coverdell’s family moved to Georgia while he was young and opened a small family business. After serving in the army, Coverdell returned to to Georgia and helped transform the family business into a successful nationwide marketing company. His political career began in 1970 when he was elected to the Georgia State Senate. Here, he was soon chosen Senate Minority Leader, a position he held for fifteen years. In 1989 he was appointed director of the U. S. Peace Corps by President George Bush. Under his leadership, the Peace Corps expanded its mission to include serving the new, but often war-torn, democracies of Eastern Europe. In 1992 Coverdell was elected to the United States Senate after a grueling campaign in which he faced runoffs in both the primary and general elections. He was reelected in 1998 but died on July 18, 2000.