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Former Georgia Governor dies

Tommy Coleman Tommy Coleman
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgians mourn the loss of a former Governor.

Carl Sanders was a progressive Democrat who helped integrate Georgia schools while other southern governors supported segregation.

After he left office, Sanders served as finance chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party at a time when Albany attorney Tommy Coleman was the state party chairman.

Coleman said Sanders was a strong leader who had a successful career in the General Assembly, the governor's office and in private practice as a lawyer.

“He was a pistol. He was a sharp dresser and he knew what he wanted. He had very specific ideas on how things ought to go and he was one of those people at that point in his life that everybody went to see and asked for his advice,” Tommy Coleman, Attorney at Law.

The Augusta native was just 37-years-old when he was elected governor. He served from 1963 to 67

He passed away Sunday at age 89.

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