Segregationist former Alabama Gov. John Patterson dies at 99

Segregationist former Alabama Gov. John Patterson dies at 99

A segregationist as governor, he drew criticism when Freedom Riders had been attacked whereas in Alabama and Patterson did nothing to guard them,

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A segregationist as governor, he drew criticism when Freedom Riders had been attacked whereas in Alabama and Patterson did nothing to guard them, regardless of direct pleas from Lawyer Basic Robert F. Kennedy to aim to stop violence. “As a number of administration insiders later acknowledged,” Raymond Arsenault wrote in his e book “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Battle for Racial Justice,” “the Kennedy brothers had been livid at Patterson. Both out of incompetence or outright connivance — and the Kennedys suspected the latter — he had presided over a unnecessary escalation of violence that included a shameless assault on federal authority.”

Patterson later voiced remorse for what occurred. He ended his political profession extra serenely on the Court docket of Felony Appeals, the place he continued to write down opinions into his 80s.

Patterson additionally was concerned within the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, serving to the CIA get Alabama Air Nationwide Guard members to coach Cuban exiles. Some Alabama pilots died when the 1961 invasion of Cuba failed.

Patterson was born on his grandparents’ farm within the tiny Tallapoosa County neighborhood of Goldville, however completed highschool in Phenix Metropolis, the place his father, Albert Patterson, was a lawyer. After serving on Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s employees throughout World Struggle II, Patterson returned dwelling, received his regulation diploma from the College of Alabama and went into observe together with his father, Albert Patterson.

Albert Patterson ran for lawyer basic in 1954 on a platform of cleansing up the vice and unlawful playing that had turned his city into “Sin Metropolis, U.S.A.” He received the Democratic nomination to be the state’s high prosecutor, however was gunned down in Phenix Metropolis on June 18.

Democratic Get together officers pressured his son to run for lawyer basic in his place. He did and received.

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