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This Day in Georgia History

July 04, 1877

Clifford Walker Born

Future lawyer and Georgia governor Clifford Walker was born in Monroe, Georgia. Walker attended the University of Georgia, where he established The Georgian, a literary magazine. After graduation from the UGA law school, he was elected mayor of Monroe and circuit solicitor general. In 1915, Walker was elected state attorney general, serving until 1920, when he resigned to run for governor. He lost the election to Thomas Hardwick, but returned to defeat Hardwick in the 1922 gubernatorial race. Walker openly solicited Klan support, which led to his being exposed as a Klan member in 1924. Nevertheless, Georgia voters returned him to office for a second term. During Walker’s administrations, the auditing and revenue departments were created, as well as the State Forestry Commission. He entered private law practice in 1928 and founded the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1933. From 1937-1952, Walker served as counsel for the Georgia Department of Labor. He died November 9, 1954.