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Howard Hollis "Bo" Callaway

In office
May 15, 1973 – July 3, 1975
President Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
Preceded by Robert F. Froehlke
Succeeded by Martin R. Hoffmann

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967
Preceded by Tic Forrester
Succeeded by Jack Thomas Brinkley

Born April 2, 1927 (1927-04-02) (age 82)
LaGrange, Georgia
Political party Republican

Howard Hollis "Bo" Callaway (born April 2, 1927) is a businessman and former politician from the state of Georgia.

Callaway was born in LaGrange west of Atlanta. He attended Georgia Tech and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After his term in the Army ended, Callaway returned to Georgia to help his father develop and run Callaway Gardens in western Georgia. The gardens are located near Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous Warm Springs retreat.

Like most southerners of his time, Callaway grew up as a supporter of the Democratic Party. In 1964, however, he ran as "Goldwater Republican" for a seat in the House of Representatives. He won, becoming the first Republican elected to the U.S. House from Georgia since the Reconstruction era.[1] Callaway gave up his House seat to run for governor of Georgia in 1966, making him the first Republican nominee for Governor in Georgia since 1876.[2] "Go Bo" was used as his gubernatorial campaign slogan, and some people unhappy with both major candidates (Lester Maddox was the Democratic candidate) would expand that to say "Go Bo, and take Lester with you". Callaway won a plurality over the segregationist Maddox in the general election, but a write-in effort in support of liberal former Governor Ellis Arnall denied Callaway a majority of votes. Under Georgia's election law then in effect, the state legislature was required to select a governor from the two candidates with the most votes. Dominated overwhelmingly by Democrats, the legislature selected Maddox.

Callaway moved to Colorado in the 1970s. He served as Secretary of the Army from 1973 to 1975 and as Gerald Ford's first campaign manager in 1976. Callaway was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1980, losing to challenger Mary Buchanan.[3] The seat was retained by the incumbent, Democrat Gary Hart. Callaway then served as the chairman of the Colorado Republican party and as head of GOPAC.

A son-in-law, Terry Considine, also a Republican, ran unsuccessfully for the Senate from Colorado in 1992, losing to Democratic (later Republican) Congressman Ben Nighthorse Campbell.[4]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tic Forrester
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967
Succeeded by
Jack Thomas Brinkley
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert F. Froehlke
United States Secretary of the Army
May 1973–July 1975
Succeeded by
Martin R. Hoffmann


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