Howard 'Bo' Callaway, 86, died on Saturday in Columbus, Georgia. His death was announced by his son, Edward Callaway in an email news release.
The Georgia businessman was elected to Congress in 1964 becoming the first Republican congressman from Georgia since reconstruction. In 1966 he ran for Governor of Georgia but lost in a three-way race to Lester Maddox.
He was appointed Secretary of the Army by Richard Nixon in 1973 and stayed on in that position during the presidency of Gerald Ford.
Callaway moved to Colorado in 1976 after buying the Crested Butte Mountain Resort. He served as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and chairman of GOPAC, a Republican political action committee.
In his later years, he returned to Georgia to take over management of Callaway Gardens, which was founded by his parents.