Albertis Sydney Harrison Jr. is the only person to have served Virginia as attorney general (1958–1961), governor (1962–1966), and justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals (1967–1981). A native of Brunswick County in Southside Virginia, Harrison practiced law in Lawrenceville and rose quickly through the ranks of the conservative Democratic Byrd Organization. As attorney general, his principal responsibility was to defend Virginia’s Massive Resistance legislation to prevent public school desegregation, although he privately questioned the laws’ constitutionality. Elected to the governorship in 1961, Harrison demonstrated calm, deliberate leadership at a time of great change as Virginia transitioned from a rural to urban and suburban society. His chief emphasis as governor was economic development, an area in which he had extraordinary success. He also laid the foundation for the community college system by establishing technical colleges to develop a well-trained labor pool. Harrison was criticized for being too tepid on civil rights, however, and sought unsucessfully to circumvent a ban on the poll tax. He supported the opening of the Prince Edward Free Schools, a federal initiative to provide education to Black children after the closure of the county’s public schools. Mills E. Godwin Jr., Harrison’s successor as governor, nominated him to the Supreme Court of Virginia in 1967 and the following year chose him to chair the Commission on Constitutional Revision, which produced the . Harrison assumed senior status as a judge at the end of 1981 but continued to hear cases while serving on various gubernatorial commissions. Harrison died at his home of a heart attack on January 23, 1995, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville.