James E. Folsom Jr.

James E. Folsom Jr. (1949- ) became governor of Alabama in 1993 after Gov. Guy Hunt was convicted on a felony ethics charge. He was elected to three terms as lieutenant governor, in 1987, 1990, and 2007. Folsom is known for bringing a Mercedes-Benz plant to Alabama and for removing the Confederate flag from the state capital building. His father, James "Big Jim" Folsom Sr., was governor of Alabama from 1947-51 and 1955-59.

Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Archives and History