Mississippi unveils portrait of former Gov. Bill Allain

A portrait of former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain is being unveiled at the state Capitol, just over four years after his death.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2018 2:48 PM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2018 2:48 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A portrait of former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain is being unveiled at the state Capitol, just over four years after his death.

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Allain was governor from 1984 to 1988 and shunned attention after he left office.

Paintings of other former governors line a first-floor hallway at the Capitol. For years, a space has been left for Allain in chronological order between fellow Democratic governors William Winter and Ray Mabus (MAY-bus).

Brandon Presley, a current public service commissioner, considered Allain a mentor. Presley found an artist to paint a state-funded portrait based on a photo that the former governor himself selected late in his life.

Allain was a Natchez native and served one term as attorney general before being elected governor. He was 85 when he died in December 2013.

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