George Wallace

George Wallace was the 45th governor of Alabama and the final independent presidential candidate to win promised electoral college votes. 

George Wallace was also one of the most controversial politicians in US history due to his extreme segregationist views. 

During his third presidential campaign in 1972, he was shot by Arthur Bremer during a campaign rally.

At the time of the assassination attempt, Wallace was showing positive support numbers due to his more moderate platform, but the shooting derailed his campaign.
Bremer served 35 years in prison before being released on parole in 2007. 
Wallace returned to Alabama and served out his remaining term as governor, despite being paralyzed from the waist down. 
He later tried unsuccessfully to run for president again. 
Wallace was later elected as Alabama’s governor for a final term before retiring from politics.