Lurleen Wallace

Lived:September 19, 1926—May 7, 1968 (aged 41)
Career:Governor of Alabama, 1967-1968
First Lady of Alabama, 1963-1967

Lurleen Burns Wallace served as governor of Alabama from January 1967 until her death in May 1968, the first female governor of the state. She succeeded her husband, George Wallace, in office. At that time, Alabama's constitution did not allow consecutive terms, and after Mrs. Wallace's election, Mr. Wallace continued to exert gubernatorial authority.

Wallace was born on September 19, 1926, in Fosters, Alabama. She graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School in 1942, then worked for a year at a local dime store until marrying George Wallace at the age of 16. She spent the next 20 years as a homemaker until becoming first lady of Alabama in 1963.