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Former Georgia congressman Bo Callaway dies at 86

Mr. Callaway, a platoon leader in Korea, was appointed secretary of the Army in 1973.
Mr. Callaway, a platoon leader in Korea, was appointed secretary of the Army in 1973.Reuters

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Howard ‘‘Bo’’ Callaway Sr., a former Georgia congressman, Army secretary, and one of the founders of Callaway Gardens, died Saturday. He was 86.

Mr. Callaway died at an assisted-living facility in Columbus, Ga., from complications from a brain hemorrhage he suffered about two years ago, said Rachel Crumbley, a Callaway Gardens spokeswoman.

Mr. Callaway was elected to Congress in 1964, becoming the first Republican congressman from Georgia since Reconstruction. He left Congress to run for governor in 1966. Mr. Callaway actually received 3,000 more votes than the Democratic nominee, segregationist Lester Maddox, but because former governor Ellis Arnall mounted a write-in campaign, no candidate received the majority needed to win.

State law at the time did not allow for a general election runoff and instead, the Legislature was allowed to choose the next governor, and the Democratic-controlled body backed Maddox.

In 1973, he was appointed secretary of the Army. From 1970 until 2003, he was the principal owner and chief executive of Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. In 1980, he unsuccessfully ran for the US Senate in Colorado and he was chairman of the state Republican Party there from 1981 until 1987.

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