Bachelor of Arts Alabama, 1952. Bachelor of Laws, University Alabama, 1952. Doctor of Laws, Jacksonville State University.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Jacksonville State University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Samford University.
Prior to his election as the 21st Lieutenant Governor, he served three terms in the Alabama House of Representatives from Morgan County from 1954 to 1966. During the last of these terms, 1962 to 1966, Brewer, at age thirty-four, became the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, the youngest person in state history to hold this post. In 1964, Speaker Brewer and later United States. Senator James B. Allen, then the lieutenant governor, were among the unpledged presidential electors on the Alabama ballot.
They lost to the Republican slate committed to Barry M. Goldwater.
Number electors pledged to United States. President Lyndon B. Johnson were permitted on the Alabama ballot. While national Democrats balked over Johnson"s exclusion, most supported the unpledged slate, which competed directly with the Republican electors.
As the The Tuscaloosa News explained, loyalist electors would have offered a clearer choice to voters than did the unpledged slate. While lieutenant governor, he was acting governor for a portion of one day while Governor Lurleen Wallace was out of the state for more than twenty days for medical treatment.
When this constitutional provision became operative, Mistress
Wallace was immediately rushed back into the state. When Mistress Wallace subsequently died in office in May 1968 and Brewer became governor, he took over direct management of the state and did not solicit input from George Wallace. Wallace was in the midst of his bid for the presidency under the American Independent Party.
Thus, Brewer began to work to be elected as governor in his own right in 1970.
Brewer"s 1970 gubernatorial campaign, however, was revolutionary in many respects. Although earlier in his political career he was regarded as a conservative segregationist (but not a race-baiter), Brewer refused to engage in racist rhetoric and courted newly registered black voters.
He hoped to build a coalition of blacks, educated middle-class whites, and working-class whites from northern Alabama, traditionally a more liberal part of the state. He unveiled a platform calling for more funding for education, an ethics commission, and a commission to revise Alabama"s 1901 state constitution, which had been deliberately framed to disenfranchise blacks and poor whites.
He then faced Wallace in a runoff.
Running openly against the "black bloc" vote, Wallace slurred Brewer and his family. After years of private law practice, Brewer served as Distinguished Professor of Law and Government at Samford University"s Cumberland School of Law. He currently teaches a course on Professional Responsibility at the Cumberland School of Law.
He has also been an active leader with the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform since 2000.
Hell is a real place existing outside of God—an eternal separation between soul and God. Hell was created originally for Satan and his devils as a place of incredible torment.
The concept of a free church in a free state rests not on political theory nor on human documents but on the word of God.
Member Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, 1964-1966. Board member Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. Charter member Alabama Academy Honor.
Member American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, American Legion, Phi Alpha Delta, Delta Sigma Phi. Clubs: Mason (Shriner).
Married Martha Helen Farmer, January 31, 1951 (deceased December 2006). Children: Rebecca Ann, Beverly Alison.