Terry Sanford, North Carolina’s governor, broke ranks with Southern segregationists in 1961 – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/01/01/terry-sanford-north-carolina-race-segregation/

He also created Research Triangle Park, iirc. Definitely a forward thinker.

«He was a governor of unusual energy, creativity and vision. A Harvard University study in 1981 ranked Sanford as one of the 10 best governors of the century. Campbell considers Sanford one of the greatest governors in American history and the finest Southern governor.»

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