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George Dekle Busbee

In office
1975 – 1983
Lieutenant Zell Miller
Preceded by Jimmy Carter
Succeeded by Joe Frank Harris

Born August 7, 1927( 1927-08-07)
Vienna, Dooly County, Georgia, USA
Died July 16, 2004 (aged 76)
Savannah, Georgia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Talbot Busbee, originally from Ruston, Louisiana
Profession Attorney

George Dekle Busbee (August 7, 1927 – July 16, 2004) was an American politician who served as the governor of the U.S. state of Georgia from 1975 to 1983.

Busbee was born in Vienna, Georgia, and attended Georgia Military College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College before joining the Navy. After his discharge, he completed his education at the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the Phi Kappa Literary Society, earning a bachelor's degree in 1949 and a law degree in 1952.

He served nine terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, and was floor leader for Governor Carl Sanders. Busbee won the Democratic nomination for governor in 1974—Jimmy Carter's final year in that office—over Lieutenant Governor Lester Maddox. In the fall, he handily defeated Ronnie Thompson, the first Republican to have served as mayor of Macon. In 1976, voters approved a wholesale revision of the Georgia Constitution, which included a provision that allowed Busbee to become the state's first governor to serve two consecutive four-year terms.

After his service as Governor, Busbee joined the Atlanta law firm King & Spalding and moved to the Atlanta suburb of Duluth.

Busbee died of a heart attack at the Savannah International Airport in Savannah, Georgia. George Busbee Parkway and Busbee Drive in the Town Center Mall area of Cobb County, Georgia are named in his honor.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Carter
Governor of Georgia
1975–1983
Succeeded by
Joe Frank Harris
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