Patterson for Alabama: The Life and Career of John Patterson

Patterson for Alabama: The Life and Career of John Patterson

By: Gene L. Howard (author)Hardback

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This book offers the first and only historical account of the John Patterson administration. John Patterson, Alabama governor from 1959 to 1963, was thrust into the political arena after the brutal murder of his father, attorney general Albert Patterson in 1954. Allowed by the Democratic Party to take his father's place and to complete the elder's goal of cleaning up corruption in his hometown of Phenix City, Patterson made a young, attractive, and sympathetic candidate. ""Patterson for Alabama"" details his efforts to clean up his hometown, oppose corruption in the administration of Governor Big Jim Folsom, and to resist school desegregation. Popular on all three counts, Patterson went on to defeat rising populist George Wallace for governor.Patterson's term as governor was marked by rising violence as segregationists violently resisted integration. His role as a champion of resistance has clouded his reputation to this day. Patterson left office with little to show for his efforts and opposed for one reason or another by nearly all sectors of Alabama. Stymied in efforts to reclaim the governorship or a seat on the Alabama State Supreme Court, Patterson was appointed by Wallace to the state court of criminal appeals in 1984 and served on that body until retiring in 1997. In 2004, he served as one of the justices who removed the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore for ignoring a federal court order.

About Author

Gene Howard is the author of Death at Cross Plains: An Alabama Reconstruction Tragedy and creator of the docudrama Wayfaring Stranger.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780817316051
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780817316051
  • ISBN10: 0817316051

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