WILLIAM L. WALLER was born in Burgess, Mississippi, on October 21, 1926. He received a B.S. from Memphis State University and a LL.B. from University of Mississippi. Waller served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the Counterintelligence Corps in 1951. He was the District Attorney for Hinds County from 1959-67. He was elected Governor of Mississippi in 1971 and served one four-year term. Governor Waller's administration aggressively involved blacks and women in government through key Cabinet, Board and judicial appointments. During his term, work began on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Governor Waller was a member of the National Governors' Conference Executive Committee (1974-75), and he served on the board of directors for the National District Attorneys' Association. Governor Waller died on November 30, 2011.
Governors of the American States, Commonwealths and Territories, National Governors' Conference, 1975.