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Three Governors from Greensboro, Alabama: Their political, economic and social impact on the State of Alabama.

Three individuals: Israel Pickens, John Gayle and Thomas Seay have progressed from being citizens of Greensboro to becoming Governor of the state of Alabama. Each uniquely affected the political, economic and social position of the state. From Israel Pickens in the formative years to Thomas Seay in the years after Reconstruction, each contributed to the peculiarity of this Deep South state. Individually, these men influenced the state positively and negatively. But each man possessed the common characteristic of claiming Greensboro as his residence at some point in his life.


  • Brantley, William H. Three Capitals: A Book about the First Three Capitals of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1947.
  • Gayle, Sarah H. "Journal of Mrs. John Gayle." Alabama Historical Quarterly 5(Summer 1943): 159-179.

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Three Governors from Greensboro, Alabama