1972: William L. Waller becomes Mississippi’s fifty-sixth governor

Governor William L. Waller (MDAH Collection)
Governor William L. Waller

Waller served from 1972 to 1976.

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1972: Work begins on Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway

The system of canals and locks, built by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, linked the port at Mobile to ports on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

1972: Mississippi has banner year in attracting industry

1972: Thad Cochran elected to U.S. House of Representatives for 4th District

Cochran won reelections to the House in 1974 and 1976. He joined the U.S. Senate in 1978.

October 1972: Supporters of Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) meet in Jackson

They established a coalition for the purpose of launching a ratification campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment.  The coalition comprised NOW (National Organization for Women), the AFL-CIO,  the Jackson Women’s Coalition, the Mississippi Nurses Association, the League of Women Voters, and the AAUW (the American Association of University Women).

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