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He was most proud of his reformation of the audit system, which led to regular audits of all departments in the state government. Midway into Moody's second term as governor, the Page 37 Great Depression hit. The postwar prosperity, that had pushed profits and other economic growth indicators higher than in any other previous time in the United States, came to an abrupt end. On October 24, 1929, America woke up to the worst financial disaster in its history. Black Thursday was a day to be remembered.

Colquitt lost the initial race, but tried again after Campbell had served two terms. Running as an anti-Prohibitionist, Colquitt was known as Oscar ''Budweiser" Colquitt. Against statewide Prohibition, he acquiesced to local options, where local communities could decide for themselves, to soothe his opponents. The election was hard fought and hard won. With 167 counties dry, sixty-one counties partially wet, and twenty-one total wet, it appeared that the "drys" would win. However, the larger voting public lived in the wet counties.

The youngest man to be elevated to such a high post, Dan Moody, fell virtually unchallenged into the job. A tall, redheaded, boyish looking man of thirty-three, he never sought the governor's seat. He was content to be attorney general for two terms until he found himself the chief antagonist against the Fergusons. Several highway contracts were cancelled as a result of lawsuits brought by Moody against the Fergusons. This controversy with the Ferguson administration forced Daniel Moody into the political gubernatorial arena.

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