Back in 1946, Eugene Talmadge was elected for his 4th term. However, his colleagues began to notice loss of concentration and he was making mistakes Little did they know, Eugene was suffering from early stages of cirrhosis due to him drinking for so long.
Once Eugene' suffering became noticeable, his colleagues began to call on their constituents to elect his son, Herman, take his place as governor.
Eugene Talmadge was found dead at his home on December 21st, 1946. At this time, an even bigger discussion took place as to who was to take Eugene's seat as governor.
After much debate, the Georgia state committee decided to put Herman Talmadge in office because he had the 2nd most votes. Melvin Thompson and Ellis Arnell did not agree with the decision.
Ellis Arnell and Melvin Thompson did not agree with he decision of granting the governor role to Herman. After this decision was reached, Ellis refused to leave office and Melvin started of a court case to challenge the legislature's decision of letting Herman into office.
In the end, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that Melvin would serve as governor until a proper election was held in 1948. Herman Talmadge was elected by the people in 1948. This huge debacle came out to be a huge state embarrassment and was a scary time since they didn't know who the governor would be. Luckily, it all worked out in the end!