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UPDATED ON 6: Governor Nathan Deal Proclaims Howard "Bo" Callaway Day

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***UPDATED at 5:07 P.M. on Monday, March 17th***

Monday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced that he will proclaim Wednesday, March 19th as Howard "Bo" Callaway Day in Georgia and he has ordered flags flown at half-staff throughout the state that day.

"Few individuals throughout our history can match the legacy that Bo Callaway left on Georgia politics," Deal said. "Bo blazed a trail that led to the dramatic growth of the Georgia GOP, which went from virtually nonexistent when he ran for governor to holding every statewide elected office today. Bo stood up for what he believed in even when the odds and the political system were stacked against him. Georgians are all the better for it. Sandra and I send our deepest sympathies to the Callaway family."

Callaway, one of the founders of Callaway Gardens, was elected in 1964 as the first Republican congressman from Georgia since Reconstruction. He won a plurality of the vote for governor in 1966, but because no one garnered a majority, the election was decided by the Democratic General Assembly, which put Lester Maddox into office. In the 1970s, he served as secretary of the U.S. Army.


***POSTED at 11:52 P.M. on Sunday, March 16th***

Howard "Bo" Callaway, who served as secretary of the Army after becoming the first Republican from Georgia elected to the U.S. House of Representatives since the Civil War, died on Saturday at age 86.

 He died of renewed complications from a brain hemorrhage he suffered about two years ago, said Rachel Crumbley, spokeswoman for Callaway Gardens, a resort complex and public garden that Callaway cofounded in Pine Mountain, Georgia. He died at an assisted living facility in Columbus, she said.

"His spirit will live on in his love of and vision for Callaway Gardens," his son, Edward Callaway, said in the statement.

A Georgia native and Korean War veteran, Callaway was elected to the House of Representatives in 1964 and served one term.

Callaway was appointed secretary of the Army in 1973 and was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Public Service by the Department of Defense in 1975.

Callaway also helped managed the 1976 presidential campaign of Gerald Ford. He was the principal owner of Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado from 1970 until 2003.

He served as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party from 1981 to 1987. He is survived by five children.

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