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Alabama

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Facts and Figures
Area (rank) 52,423 sq mi (30th). Population (rank) 4,858,979 (23rd). Capital Birmingham. Admitted to Rank (rank) December 14, 1819 (22nd).

Famous Alabamians
Famous Alabamians

Official Symbols of Alabama
Official Symbols of Alabama

Important Dates in Alabama
Important Dates in Alabama
1519 Alonso Álvarez de Piñeda of Spain probably sailed into Mobile Bay. 1702 French Canadians founded Fort Louis on the Mobile River. December 14, 1819 Alabama became the 22nd state.

James Elisha Folsom
James Elisha Folsom
served as Governor of Alabama twice, 1947-1951 and 1955-1959. During both terms he tried to improve civil rights in the state, but was unsuccessful both times.

George Corley Wallace
George Corley Wallace
served an unprecedented (and unbeaten) four terms as Governor of Alabama. During most of his tenure he was known for being a staunch segregationist, and, in 1963, literally stood in the way of two blacks attempting to attend the University of Alabama. By the time his fourth term started, however, he had actually gained forgiveness from civil rights leaders for his past actions. He was also a three-time candidate for President, but never made it past the early primaries.

Mobile, Alabama
Mobile
is the third most populous city in Alabama (~195,000). Located on the Mobile River, where it meets Mobile Bay, it is Alabama's only seaport. The city was founded as a French trading post and military outpost in 1702.

Phenix City
Phenix City
is the seat of Russell County. It grew out of the union of two other towns, Girard and Brownville, which were consolidated into the current city in 1923.

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