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This Day in Georgia History

March 15, 2014

Bo Callaway Died

To view an image of Bo Callaway, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Howard “Bo” Callaway died in Columbus, Georgia. Born in LaGrange, Georgia on April 2, 1927, Callaway is considered the father of the modern Republican party in Georgia. In 1964, he became the first Republican elected to Congress from Georgia since Reconstruction. In 1966, he almost became the first Republican governor in modern times. He actually won the most votes, but because no candidate received more than 50% of the votes cast (and there was no provision for a runoff at the time), the decision was left in the hands of the heavily Democratic Georgia legislature, which subsequently chose Lester Maddox as governor. Callaway did not seek political office again, but was instrumental - along with his parents - in the founding of Callaway Garden in Pine Mountain.