William G. Hardwick
18th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
January 17, 1955 – January 19, 1959
GovernorJim Folsom
Preceded byJames Allen
Succeeded byAlbert Boutwell
Personal details
William Guy Hardwick

(1910-05-30)May 30, 1910
Hartford, Alabama, U.S.
DiedJanuary 15, 1993(1993-01-15) (aged 82)
Political partyDemocratic
Dorothy Creel
(m. 1936)
Parent(s)William Robert Hardwick
Emma Corbitt
Alma materHartford High School
University of Alabama
ProfessionPolitician, lawyer
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Air Force
Years of service1942–1945
RankSecond lieutenant

William Guy Hardwick (May 30, 1910 – January 15, 1993) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 18th lieutenant governor of Alabama from 1955 to 1959 as a member of the Democratic Party.[1]

Early life and education

Hardwick was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 30, 1910 to William Robert Hardwick and Emma Corbitt. He was educated in Hartford public schools and graduated from Hartford High School in 1928. Hardwick subsequently graduated from the University of Alabama, where he also obtained a law degree in 1933.


In 1933, Hardwick entered the private practice of law in Dothan, Alabama. He served as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives and as a law clerk with the Alabama Code Committee of 1940. Hardwick was re-elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1942, though he resigned to enter the United States Air Force that same year, enlisting as a second lieutenant.[2] He was discharged as a major on December 25, 1945.

Hardwick served as a member of the Alabama Senate in 1946, representing the counties of Henry and Houston. In 1954, Hardwick was elected lieutenant governor of Alabama, serving from 1955 to 1959.

Personal life and death

Hardwick married Dorothy Creel in Dothan, Alabama on September 18, 1936.

Hardwick was affiliated with both Freemasonry and the Shriners.

Hardwick died at the age of 82 on January 15, 1993.


  1. ^ "William Hardwick". Alabama Department of Archives and History. August 20, 2009. Archived from the original on September 12, 2021. Retrieved January 9, 2024 – via Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Hardwick Resigns". The Tuscaloosa News. Montgomery, Alabama. September 22, 1944. p. 2. Retrieved January 9, 2024.