Bo Callaway, former Georgia congressman, Army secretary and Callaway Gardens founder dies

Howard "Bo" Callaway Sr., a former Georgia congressman, Army secretary and one of the founders of Callaway Gardens, has died. He was 86.

Rachel Crumbley, a Callaway Gardens spokeswoman, says Callaway died Saturday from complications from a brain hemorrhage he suffered about two years ago. She says he died at an assisted-living facility in Columbus.

Callaway's son says in a statement that while his father's spirit will live on in his love of and vision for Callaway Gardens.

Callaway was elected to Congress in 1964, becoming the first Republican congressman from Georgia since Reconstruction. He ran for governor two years later but lost.

In 1973, he was appointed Secretary of the Army. From 1981 until 1987 he was chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.