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This Day in Georgia History

October 06, 1940

Wyche Fowler Born

To view an image of Wyche Fowler, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Politician and diplomat Wyche Fowler Jr. was born in Atlanta (DeKalb County). He graduated from Davidson College in 1962 and went on to obtain his J.D. degree from Emory Law School in 1969. Fowler practiced law in Atlanta from 1970 to 1977. In April 1977, he was elected to fill the unexpired term of Andrew Young, who resigned to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. In the House, Fowler served on the House Select Committee on Intelligence and on the committees on Foreign Affairs and Ways and Means. In 1986, Fowler defeated Republican incumbent Mack Mattingly for a seat in the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1987 to 1993. In 1992, Republican challenger Paul Coverdell defeated Fowler, who subsequently joined a Washington D.C. law firm. In June 1996, President Bill Clinton appointed Fowler to the post of U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.