William Hardwick

Lieutenant Governor: 1955-1959

William Guy Hardwick was born May 30, 1910, at Hartford, in Geneva County, son of William Robert and Emma (Corbitt) Hardwick, of Henry County; grandson of Charles Alexander and Callie Elizabeth (Richards) Hardwick and of William and Farinetti (West) Corbitt, all of Henry County.


Mr. Hardwick was educated in the public schools of Hartford, graduated from Hartford High School in 1928, graduated from the University of Alabama and was subsequently in the law department, where he took his degree in 1933. He entered the private practice of law in Dothan that same year. He served as law clerk with Alabama Code Committee of 1940, and was in the House of Representatives two years prior to that time. He was re-elected to the House of Representatives, 1942, but shortly thereafter resigned to enter the U.S. Air Force, on July 25 of that year. He enlisted as a Second Lieutenant, was subsequently instructor of Military Law at the Officers' Training School, at Miami, some time instructor, New York University, served as Judge Advocate for Cadets at the Army Air Force Unit at Yale University and later was instructor for Procurement Contracts, Headquarters, Army Air Force, and discharged as a Major, December 25, 1945. He was a member of the State Senate for Henry and Houston Counties, in 1946. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in the 1954 General Election. He was a member of the Democratic Executive Committee, member of the First Methodist Church, at Dothan. He was a Mason and a Shriner.


Married: September 18, 1936, in Dothan, Dorothy, daughter of Dr. C. E. and Irene (Houston) Creel, of Henry County.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1955, 32-33.