Bill Baxley

Alabama Politician
Born Jul 27, 1941

William Joseph Baxley, II, is an American Democratic politician and attorney originally from Dothan, Alabama. In 1964, Baxley graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa. He served two terms from 1971 to 1979 as Attorney General of Alabama. At the age of twenty-seven, he was the youngest person in U.S. history to hold a state attorney generalship. From 1983 tro 1987, he served a single term as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.… Read More

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1941 Birth Born on June 27, 1941.


1963 22 Years Old "We know who did it," Alabama Attorney General Baxley said Wednesday as he confirmed that he has reopened the investigation of a church bombing that killed four young black girls in Birmingham in 1963. … Read More
1964 23 Years Old In 1964, Baxley graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa.
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Having previously served as District Attorney in Houston County, he was elected to the first of two consecutive terms as Attorney General of Alabama in 1970, and 1974 respectively, holding the post from 1971 to 1979.


1976 35 Years Old …  In a letter, the Klan threatened him, compared him to John F. Kennedy, and made him an "honorary nigger," but Baxley responded, on official state letterhead: "My response to your letter of February 19, 1976, is—kiss my ass."
1977 36 Years Old As attorney general, Baxley was made famous for his most prestigious case against the Ku Klux Klan, his 1977 prosecution of Robert Chambliss for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in September 1963.
1978 37 Years Old In 1978, Baxley, then the sitting Attorney General, ran to succeed the term-limited George Wallace as governor of Alabama. … Read More


1986 45 Years Old Guy Hunt and questions of Democratic party loyalty both reappeared in another Baxley campaign eight years later. In 1986, the Democratic primary for the gubernatorial race saw then Attorney General Charles Graddick of Mobile in a runoff with Baxley, then the lieutenant governor. … Read More


2003 62 Years Old Baxley has five children: Louis, Robert, Richard, Evelyn, and Johnson. He is currently married to Marie (Prat) Baxley. His former wife, Lucy Baxley, was the Lieutenant Governor from 2003 to 2007. … Read More
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