Talmadge, Herman Eugene

Talmadge, Herman Eugene

(1913–  ) governor, U.S. senator; born in Telfair, Ga. (son of Eugene Talmadge). A lawyer, he served as Georgia's governor (Dem., 1947–55), increasing funding for schools, highways, and hospitals. In the U.S. Senate (1957–81), he opposed civil rights legislation and supported defense spending, becoming Agriculture and Forestry Committee chair. Charged in 1979 with financial misconduct, he returned to his Georgia law practice.
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