Former Mississippi Governor Bill Waller died Wednesday following an illness. Waller, who was 85, was Governor from 1972-1976.
During his term, Waller successfully shut down the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission by vetoing its appropriation.
In 1978, Waller ran unsuccessfully for the U. S. Senate. He also ran for Governor again in 1987, but lost the Democratic nomination to then State Auditor Ray Mabus.
Waller's son, William L. Waller, Jr., is the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court.
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