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  Wilder, L. Douglas
NameL. Douglas Wilder
Richmond, Virginia , United States
Born January 17, 1931 (89 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 14, 2017 03:50pm
Tags Black - Moderate - Divorced - U.S. Army - Baptist -
InfoThe Honorable Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia is assured a prominent place in American history as the first African-American elected governor of a state. As an effective leader, however, he is not one to rest on his laurels when he has objectives to achieve.

Research findings from the print and electronic media show Virginia's governor to be a gracious and sincere man, deeply concerned about the unraveling of our social and economic fabrics and our inability to repair them. Governor Wilder's mission is embodied in his vision of how government should work to enable everyone to participate fully in the democratic process, and to forge past lessons and present realities into tools that ensure our future.

This strong man was born in Richmond. His parents named him in honor of the poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar and the legendary Frederick Douglass. Marked at birth for greatness, Governor Wilder graduated from Virginia Union University and Howard University School of Law. He was a founding partner of the law firm of Wilder, Gregory and Martin.

Governor Wilder was elected to the state senate in 1969 and served there until 1985, when he was elected lieutenant governor in a campaign that brought him international recognition.

More than a hundred years ago, President Abraham Lincoln called Frederick Douglass, "One of the most meritorious men in America." Today it is fitting and hopeful that President Lincoln's words apply to a Virginian named L. Douglas Wilder

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May 04, 2008 10:00pm News Costs for Wilder's security mounting  Article The Sunset Provision 
Jun 20, 2005 04:00pm Poll Support for [Richmond Mayor] Wilder in area strong  Article ArmyDem 
Jan 06, 2005 12:00am News [VA] In Office Again, Wilder Lays Out Richmond's Path  Article ArmyDem 
May 30, 2004 12:00am News Former VA Governor to Make Mayoral Bid  Article nystate63 

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Son Lawrence D. Wilder Jr. 1962-

Wilder School of Govt and Public Affairs  Discuss
  11/02/2004 Richmond (VA) Mayor Won 78.52% (+67.06%)
  11/08/1994 VA US Senate Lost 0.01% (-45.60%)
  04/16/1994 VA US Senate - D Convention Lost 17.36% (-32.51%)
  07/01/1992 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.00% (-51.98%)
  11/07/1989 VA Governor Won 50.13% (+0.38%)
  11/05/1985 VA Lt. Governor Won 51.84% (+3.68%)
  11/08/1983 VA State Senate 09 Won 99.83% (+99.66%)
  11/04/1975 VA State Senate 09 Won 99.96% (+99.91%)
  11/02/1971 VA State Senate 09 Won 99.97% (+99.95%)
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US Vice President - D Selection - Sep 05, 2012 D Hillary Clinton
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