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Carl Sanders
May 15, 1925 Carl Sanders is born, Augusta, Georgia
  Carl Sanders
November 2, 1962 Carl Sanders is the first Georgia governor elected by popular vote. Jimmy Carter wins the state senate seat for Quitman County
  Carl Sanders
  Jimmy Carter
April 3, 1970 Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for governor. He will run against former governor Carl Sanders and others
  Carl Sanders
  Jimmy Carter


Moderate Democrat who served as floor leader for Governor Ernest Vandiver's administration, this Richmond County native was the first popularly elected governor. During his term of office he worked diligently to upgrade Georgia's infrastructure including hospitals, schools and roads. He also sought to include African-Americans, appointing the first blacks to the Georgia Highway Patrol and Georgia militia. An attempt to rewrite the state constitution failed because of federal intervention.




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