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Picture of Mills Edwin Godwin, Jr. Mills Edwin Godwin, Jr. (1914-1999) was the only modern two-term governor of Virginia. He served as a Democrat from 1966 to 1970 and as a Republican from 1974 to 1978. During the 1950s and early 1960s he was a leading advocate of Massive Resistance to desegregation of the public schools, but during his first term as governor he advocated increased taxes and improvements in the public schools that Massive Resistance had threatened to destroy. Godwin's abandonment of the pay-as-you-go philosophy of Byrd's generation and his switch from the Democratic to the Republican Parties show how much Virginia politics changed during the twentieth century.

Mills Edwin Godwin Jr. Photograph

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