High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Wallace Glenn Wilkinson (December 12, 1941 July 5, 2002) was a businessman and politician from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. FRom 1987 to 1991, he served as the state's fifty-seventh governor. WIlkinson dropped out of college at the University of Kentucky in 1962 to attend to a book retail business he started. THe business rapidly became a national success, and Wilkinson re-invested his profits in real estate, farming, transportation, banking, coal, and construction ventures, becoming extremely wealthy. IN 1987, he joined a crowded field in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. AFter running behind two former governors and the sitting lieutenant governor for most of the race, Wilkinson began to climb in the polls after hiring then-unknown campaign consultant James Carville.