Albert Boutwell

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Albert Boutwell
19th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
January 19, 1959 – January 14, 1963
GovernorJohn M. Patterson
Preceded byWilliam G. Hardwick
Succeeded byJames B. Allen
22nd Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama
In office
Preceded byArt Hanes
Succeeded byGeorge G. Siebels, Jr.
Member of the Alabama Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1904-11-13)November 13, 1904
Montgomery, Alabama
DiedFebruary 3, 1978(1978-02-03) (aged 73)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Helen Balfour Drake(m. November 23, 1934)
EducationUniversity of Alabama

Albert Burton Boutwell (November 13, 1904 – February 3, 1978) was the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. A Democrat, Boutwell served Governor John Malcolm Patterson of the same political party, from 1959-1963.

Boutwell graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of law degree in 1928. While attending university, Boutwell was a member of two fraternities: the Sigma Delta Kappa law fraternity and the Alpha Phi Epsilon honorary Forensic Fraternity. In his graduating year, Boutwell was also the Student Government Association President.

After practicing law for many years, Boutwell was elected to the Alabama Senate in 1946. He was re-elected for a second term, during which he served as the president pro-tem. During his third term, Boutwell served as Chairman of the Interim Legislative Committee on Segregation in the Public Schools, and was elected lieutenant governor in 1958.

Considered a moderate by many white citizens of Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement, Boutwell's election in 1963 as mayor was seen by many as a rejection of Eugene "Bull" Connor's policies on the former City Commission. He was elected just before the mass demonstrations of the "Birmingham Campaign" led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fred Shuttlesworth. He took office shortly after those demonstrations were met with violence at the hands of police dogs and fire hoses deployed by the lame duck Connor. He was in office a few months before the forced integration of Birmingham schools by the National Guard and the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, which killed four young girls.

The Municipal Auditorium was renamed in honor of Boutwell.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William G. Hardwick
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by
James B. Allen
Preceded by
Art Hanes
Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama
1963 — 1967
Succeeded by
George Siebels