Undated- Former Alabama Governor Albert P. Brewer died Monday. He was 88. Brewer took over as the state’s chief executive after Governor Lurleen Wallace died in 1968. He was previously lieutenant governor.
In 1970, Brewer was defeated in his bid for a full term by George Wallace who had run his wife as a surrogate candidate. It was a bitterly fought campaign decided in a nail-biting Democratic primary runoff. Republicans were not formidable candidates for statewide office at the time.
Current Governor Robert Bentley called Brewer a great leader. “He lived his life as an example of integrity and professionalism in public service, and displayed an unwavering commitment to making Alabama a great state,” Bentley said in a written statement.
After years of private law practice, Brewer served as Distinguished Professor of Law and Government at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law.