Former Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer dies

Albert Brewer
Albert Brewer's swearing in as Ala. Governor.

Albert Preston Brewer, who served as Governor of the Yellowhammer State following Gov. Lurleen Wallace’s death, has died. He was 88.

Brewer served as Governor from 1968 to 1971. He also served as Lieutenant Governor and House Speaker.

There were no immediate details on his cause of death.

“Alabamians have lost a great leader today in the passing of Governor Albert Brewer,” Gov. Robert Bentley said. “He lived his life as an example of integrity and professionalism in public service, and displayed an unwavering commitment to making Alabama a great state. Always a friend to me, Governor Brewer was ever ready with a kind and encouraging word. Most of all he loved serving the people of this state.”

State Auditor Jim Zeigler echoed Bentley’s sentiments.

“Albert Brewer was governor when I was elected President of the SGA at the University of Alabama,” said Zeigler. “I got to work with him on several projects, and he was a straight arrow.  We have lost an important piece of our history, as his family has lost their loved one.”
Other Alabamian politicos were also sad to hear of Brewer’s passing.

“Saddened to learn of passing of a great Alabamian and friend, former governor Albert Brewer. Prayers to his family,” tweeted Attorney General Luther Strange.

State Sen. Arthur Orr also tweeted, “So sad to hear of passing of former Governor Albert Brewer. He was Morgan Co’s favorite son. A true public servant and always a gentleman.”

Since his days in politics, Brewer had been teaching constitutional law to students at Birmingham’s Samford University.

“The Samford University and the state of Alabama have lost a giant in the passing of Gov. Albert Brewer,” said Samford president Andrew Westmoreland.

“He was loyal to the university, to his family, to his state and to his God and was the epitome of a Christian gentleman. He served the university with distinction, as he did everything in life, and taught constitutional law to generations of students.”