Douglas Wilder

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Douglas Wilder
Douglas Wilder 2003 NIH.jpg
Wilder in January 2003
66th Governor of Virginia
In office
January 13, 1990 – January 15, 1994
LieutenantDon Beyer
Preceded byGerald L. Baliles
Succeeded byGeorge F. Allen
78th Mayor of Richmond
In office
January 2, 2005 – January 1, 2009
Preceded byRudolph McCollum Jr.
Succeeded byDwight Clinton Jones
35th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 18, 1986 – January 13, 1990
GovernorGerald L. Baliles
Preceded byDick Davis
Succeeded byDon Beyer
Personal details
Born
Lawrence Douglas Wilder

(1931-01-17) January 17, 1931 (age 88)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
affiliations
Independent
Spouse(s)Eunice Montgomery (div)
ResidenceRichmond, Virginia, U.S.
Alma materVirginia Union University
Howard University
ProfessionAttorney
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1951-1953
RankUS Army 1951 SGT.png Sergeant
Battles/warsKorean War

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 | change source]

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

Political career[change | change 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 | change 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 | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Douglas Wilder biography". Biography.com. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  2. Jessie Carney Smith, Notable Black American Men, Book 1, 1998, page 1218

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Douglas Wilder at Wikimedia Commons