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[AL] Nationally-Known Politicians & Colbert Cnty
My grandmother was born in Sheffield, Colbert County, Alabama. As I have been reading about the history of Colbert County, I have been surprised to learn that several nationally-known figures other than Helen Keller (who was born in Tuscumbia, Colbert County) hailed from the area.
Former Tennessee Senator, Republican Presidential candidate and Law & Order actor Fred Thompson was born in Sheffield, Colbert County.
When Jimmy Carter kicked off his 1980 re-election campaign for President at a speech in Tuscumbia, his opponent Ronald Reagan called Tuscumbia the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan. Reagan apologized the following day.
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