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William Forrest Winter, American former governor, Miss, lawyer. Bar: Mississippi 1949, District of Columbia 1973. Recipient Martin Luther King, Junior Memorial award, National Education Association, 2001, Profile in Courage award, John F. Kennedy Library., 2008; fellow Harvard University Institute Politics, 1985, Mississippi Bar Foundation.


Winter, William Forrest was born on February 21, 1923 in Grenada, Mississippi, United States. Son of William Aylmer and Inez (Parker) Winter.


Bachelor, University Mississippi, 1943. Bachelor of Laws, University Mississippi, 1949. Doctor of Laws, William Carey College, 1980.

Doctor of Laws, Millsaps College, 1983. Doctor of Laws, Troy State University, 1988. Doctor of Laws, Davidson College, 1996.

Doctor of Laws, Mississippi University for Women, 2000. Doctor of Laws, University North Carolina, 2004. Doctor of Laws, Tougaloo College, 2004.


Practice in Grenada, 1949-1958. Practice in Jackson, Mississippi, since 1968. Partner Watkins, Pyle, Ludlam, Winter and Stennis, 1968-1980.

Senior partner Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, since 1985. Member Mississippi House of Representatives, 1948-1956. State tax collector, 1956-1964.

State treasurer, 1964-1968. Lieutenant governor Mississippi, 1972-1976. Governor, 1980-1984

Eudora Welty professor Southern studies Millsaps College, 1989.

Jamie Whitten professor law University Mississippi, 1989. Professor public policy Mississippi Valley State University, 2001—2005. Chairman Southern Growth Policies Board, 1981, Southern Regional Education Board, 1982, Molecular Delivery Corporation, Inc.

Member President's Advisory Board on Race, 1997—1999. Chairman Advisory Commission on Intergovtl. Relations, 1993—1997.

With United States Army, 1943-1946, with United States Army, 1951.


  • Bar: Mississippi 1949, District of Columbia 1973.


President board trustees Mississippi Department Archives and History, 1969-2008. Chairman Kettering Foundation, 1990-1993, Appalachian Regional Commission, 1983, Commission on Future of South, 1986, National Civic League, 1987-1988, National Commission on State and Local Public Service, Stennis Center for Public Service, Foundation for the Mid South, 1990-1992. Member American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar (Lifetime Achievement award, 1998), Hinds County Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar, University Mississippi Alumni Association (president 1979), Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Theta, University Club (Jackson).


Married Elise Varner, October 10, 1950. Children: Anne, Elise, Eleanor.

William Aylmer Winter

Inez (Parker) Winter

Elise Varner

Elise Winter

Anne Winter

Eleanor Winter