Douglas Wilder

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Douglas Wilder
Wilder in January 2003
66th Governor of Virginia
In office
January 13, 1990 – January 15, 1994
Lieutenant Don Beyer
Preceded by Gerald L. Baliles
Succeeded by George F. Allen
78th Mayor of Richmond
In office
January 2, 2005 – January 1, 2009
Preceded by Rudolph McCollum Jr.
Succeeded by Dwight Clinton Jones
35th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 18, 1986 – January 13, 1990
Governor Gerald L. Baliles
Preceded by Dick Davis
Succeeded by Don Beyer
Personal details
Born Lawrence Douglas Wilder
January 17, 1931 (1931-01-17) (age 83)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Other political
affiliations
Independent
Spouse(s) Eunice Montgomery (div)
Residence Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Virginia Union University
Howard University
Profession Attorney
Religion Baptist
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1951-1953
Rank US Army 1951 SGT.png Sergeant
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal

Lawrence Douglas Wilder (born January 17, 1931) is an American politician. He served as the first African American to be elected as Governor of Virginia. He was the first African-American governor of any state in the United States since the 1870s during the Reconstruction of the United States.[1]

Early life[change | edit source]

Wilder was born in Richmond, Virginia. He studied at Virginia Union University and at Howard University.

Political career[change | edit source]

Wilder served as the 66th Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. When earlier elected as Lieutenant Governor, he was the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia. His most recent political office was Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, which he held from 2005 to 2009.

L. Douglas Wilder was born in the segregated Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond on January 17, 1931.[2]

Later career[change | edit source]

On May 30, 2004, Wilder announced his intention to run for Mayor of Richmond. On November 2, 2004, Wilder received 79% of the vote (55,319 votes) to become the first directly elected Mayor of Richmond in sixty years. On May 16, 2008 Wilder announced that he would not seek reelection to another four-year term as mayor.

Personal life[change | edit source]

Wilder was married to Eunice Montgomery. Their marriage ended in divorce. He now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Douglas Wilder biography". Biography.com. http://www.biography.com/people/douglas-wilder-39254. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  2. Jessie Carney Smith, Notable Black American Men, Book 1, 1998, page 1218

Other websites[change | edit source]

Media related to Douglas Wilder at Wikimedia Commons