Albert J. Lingo

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Albert J. Lingo
Born(1910-01-22)January 22, 1910
DiedAugust 17, 1969(1969-08-17) (aged 59)
OccupationAlabama Highway Patrolman
Known forDirector of the Alabama Department of Public Safety 1963-1965

Albert J. Lingo (January 22, 1910 – August 19, 1969), also known as Al Lingo, was a career Alabama Highway Patrolman who served as Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety from 1963 to 1965, including the turbulent early 1960s years marked by marches and demonstrations that characterized the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. South.[1] Lingo's service under Alabama governor George Wallace with regard to the Selma to Montgomery marches has been characterized in a negative light.[2] He resigned as director effective October 1, 1965,[3] and later ran for election to be sheriff of Jefferson County, Alabama.[4] Lingo died at age 59 on August 17, 1969.[5]


  1. ^ Civil Rights Digital Library: Biography of Albert J. Lingo,, Digital Library of Georgia, 2009.
  2. ^ Bill Jones [William Grover Jones]: The Wallace Story, American Southern Publishing, Northport, Ala., 1966.
  3. ^ "Col. Al Lingo Resigns", Montgomery [Ala.] Advertiser, September 17, 1965.
  4. ^ "Lingo Bids For Negro Vote", Alabama Journal, April 13, 1966.
  5. ^ "Ex-Trooper Chief, Lingo, Dies at 59", Birmingham Post-Herald, August 18, 1969, and "Ex-state official--Heart ailment fatal to Lingo", The Birmingham News, August 18, 1969, p. 24.

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