Alabama Governors

James Elisha Folsom, Jr.

photo of Ala. Governor James Elisha Folsom, Jr.




Born in 1949, James Elisha Folsom, Jr., is the son of the late James E. Folsom, Sr., and Jamelle Folsom. His father served two terms as governor of Alabama from 1947-1951 and 1955-1959. Folsom, Jr., grew up in Montgomery and Cullman, Alabama. He graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1974.


He was elected to the Public Service Commission in 1978 and ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate against Jeremiah Denton in 1980. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1986 and re-elected in 1990. On April 22, 1993, he was sworn in as governor of Alabama following Governor Hunt's removal from office due to an conviction for state ethics law violations. Governor Folsom lost his bid for election to the governor's position in November 1994 to Fob James.


Folsom is married to Marsha Guthrie. They have two children.


In 2006 Folsom ran for and was elected Lieutenant Governor.

Authorities: Alabama Magazine, Vol. 51, No. 1, January/February 1987.