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.
Wilder in January 2003
|66th Governor of Virginia|
January 13, 1990 – January 15, 1994
|Preceded by||Gerald L. Baliles|
|Succeeded by||George F. Allen|
|78th Mayor of Richmond|
January 2, 2005 – January 1, 2009
|Preceded by||Rudolph McCollum Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Dwight Clinton Jones|
|35th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|
January 18, 1986 – January 13, 1990
|Governor||Gerald L. Baliles|
|Preceded by||Dick Davis|
|Succeeded by||Don Beyer|
Lawrence Douglas Wilder
January 17, 1931
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Eunice Montgomery (div)|
|Residence||Richmond, Virginia, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Virginia Union University|
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1951-1953|
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.
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.
Media related to Douglas Wilder at Wikimedia Commons
- L. Douglas Wilder's oral history video excerpts at The National Visionary Leadership Project