Lawrence Douglas Wilder
(born January 17
) is the first African-American
to be elected governor of a U.S
State. He became governor of Virginia
on January 13
after being elected on November 7
He was born in Richmond, Virginia. He briefly considered running for president in 1991 in the Democratic Party.
The first African-American governor of a U.S. State was P. B. S. Pinchback, who became governor of Louisiana in December 9, 1872 upon the removal from office of his predecessor.