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John M. Patterson

John Patterson (1921-) became Alabama Attorney General in 1954 following the assassination of his father, Albert Patterson, who had vowed to end vice and corruption in Phenix City. A populist, John Patterson was elected as Alabama's governor on his anti-civil rights record and with the backing of the Ku Klux Klan, serving from 1959-63.
Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History