Maddox, Lester

Maddox, Lester (Garfield)

(1915–  ) governor; born in Atlanta, Ga. A high school dropout, he ran the Pickrick Restaurant in Atlanta (1947–64), closing it rather than serving African-Americans. As Democratic governor of Georgia (1967–71), he instituted early prison release and fought against school desegregation. While lieutenant governor (1971–75), he thwarted Governor Jimmy Carter's government reform measures, opening another Pickrick Restaurant afterward.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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