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GOVERNOR LESTER G. MADDOX - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/23/1990 - HFSID 295223

Typed letter with his handwritten note, on letterhead of his 1990 campaign for Governor Typed Letter signed: "Lester Maddox", 1 page, 8½x11½. Marietta, Georgia, 1990 May 23. On letterhead of the Lester Maddox for Governor Campaign to William R. Wells, Tifton Georgia.

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LESTER MADDOX
Typed letter with his handwritten note, on letterhead of his 1990 campaign for Governor
Typed Letter signed: "Lester Maddox", 1 page, 8½x11½. Marietta, Georgia, 1990 May 23. On letterhead of the Lester Maddox for Governor Campaign to William R. Wells, Tifton Georgia. In full: "Thank you for your kind letter expressing interest in my campaign. The campaign 'Bandwagon is Rolling' across the State. I would appreciate your becoming a leader in my campaign and my efforts toward better state government. I do plan to be in Tipton, Friday, June 1, 1990 for the Kiwanis Club Meeting at 12:00 Noon. I will be available to the media and visit with merchants and others after the meeting. I hope to see you at that time. I am enclosing some literature and pins. [Items not included.] Thanks again for taking the time to write and express your interest. With best wishes to you and yours, Your friend". His handwritten addition: "P.S. I am really counting on you. With you and other friends giving your best we can win this victory for clean and good government." Lester Maddox (1915-2003) was charged with assaulting five black ministers who tried to eat at his Atlanta Restaurant the day after passage of the 1964 Civil Rights act. (He was subsequently acquitted by an all-white jury.) Maddox, who wielded an axe handle as a symbol of his opposition to desegregation but never actually used it on anybody, did close his restaurant rather than serve black customers. Maddox was later elected Governor of Georgia (1967-1971). A staunch conservative on issues of race, Maddox was not so on every issue. He greatly expanded state spending on education, for example. Prohibited from a second term by Georgia's constitution, he was elected Lieutenant Governor (1971-1975), often opposing the policies of his successor as Governor, Jimmy Carter. Maddox ran for US President in 1976 on as the American Independent Party nominee, and again (unsuccessfully) for Governor in 1990, as shown here. Creased. Lightly toned near bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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