Lurleen Burns Wallace: From Childhood to Alabama's Governor
Lurleen Burns Wallace:
Lurleen Burns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Burns of Tuscaloosa,
At age 15 Lurleen graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School.
Caption of photo: "Miss Neighbors' Home Room
First Row--Left to Right--Nelloise Disney, Emma Jean Bennefield, Merrill Anders, Leona Bell, Cathron Day, Dorothy Coker, Frances Clements, Lurleen Burns
Second Row--Otis Borroughs, Lucille Brown, Signa Cannon , Lucill Barringer, Rachel Curry, Mary Springer, Julia Nealeans
Third Row--Dorothy Crawford, Frances Bagwell, Rachel Bickson
Fourth Row--Lonnie Darden, James Crocker, Miss Neighbors, Sara Bell Anders, Kathleen Franklin, Donald McBrayer
Fifth Row--James Earnest, Robert Adams, Verdo Burroughs, William Elliot"
Lurleen was not quite 17 years old when she married George C. Wallace
The young Wallace family shown with firstborn Bobbi Jo.
Lurleen Wallace shown with her children
Lurleen actively campaigned for the position of Alabama Governor.
She became Alabama's first woman governor on January 16, 1967,
receiving 64% of the vote. She is remembered for working for the upgrading of
Alabama's mental health facilities while governor.
Obviously already very ill, Governor Lurleen Wallace is pictured with Col. C. W. Russell, director of the Department of Public Safety and J. C. Barry, vice president of the Alabama Safety Council, Inc. as they warned Fourth of July motorists of the four major causes of accidents.
In her short term as governor, Lurleen Wallace was hospitalized with cancer
Read about Lurleen's administration as Governor of Alabama.