Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-
"As governor of Georgia from 1959 to 1963, Ernest Vandiver proved successful in fulfilling his campaign promise to remove the blight on Georgia, perpetuated by and associated with the administration of his predecessor, former governor Marvin Griffin. Under Vandiver's capable leadership the legislature implemented sweeping changes in Georgia's segregation policies and revised the county unit system for nominating officeholders. Without increasing the state's tax base, Vandiver made significant improvements in the areas of services, building programs, tourism, business and industrial development, educational expansion, and mental health. As part of his legacy, Vandiver served as the catalyst that propelled Georgia from the holds of a scandal-ridden "good old boy" network to an administration lauded for fiscal responsibility, honesty, and a progressive framework."--"Ernest Vandiver Jr. (1918-2005)," New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved March 12, 2008: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org.