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.