Former Alabama Governor Albert Brewer is dead today, at the age of 88. Brewer served as the 47th governor of Alabama, from 1968-1971.
Born in Tennesse, Governor Brewer moved to Alabama when he was only 7 years old. Following high school, he attended the University of Alabama, graduating from the law school in 1952. He was elected as lieutenant governor in 1966, and assumed the office of governor on May 7 1968 after the death of Governor Lurleen Wallace.
Governor Robert Bentley, current governor of Alabama released a statement concerning the death of former Governor Brewer:
“Alabamians have lost a great leader today in the passing of Governor Albert Brewer. 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. Always a friend to me, Governor Brewer was ever ready with a kind and encouraging word. Most of all he loved serving the people of this state. In addition to serving as the 47th Governor, Brewer was elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives and as Lieutenant Governor. The State of Alabama is grateful for his faithful service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
The Alabama Democratic party also released a statement:
“The Alabama Democratic Party mourns the loss of Governor Albert Brewer, who served our state with honor, dignity, and intelligence for many years. His legacy of progressive leadership in the Alabama Legislature and as Governor set a high standard which others have attempted, but failed to reach”
Perhaps the governor’s greatest accomplishment was in 1969 with vast education reform that brought teacher raises, a $100 million increase in education appropriations, and the establishment of the Alabama Commission for Higher Education.
Governor Brewer is preceded in death by his wife, Martha Famer Brewer, who died in 2006. They had been married for 56 years.