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Frank Porter Graham and the 1950 Senate race in North Carolina

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Published by University of North Carolina Press in Chapel Hill .
Written in English



  • North Carolina


  • Graham, Frank Porter, 1886-,
  • United States. Congress. Senate -- Elections, 1940.,
  • Elections -- North Carolina -- History -- 20th century.,
  • North Carolina -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.,
  • North Carolina -- Race relations.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [331]-346) and index.

StatementJulian M. Pleasants, Augustus M. Burns III.
SeriesThe Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies
ContributionsBurns, Augustus Merrimon, 1939-
LC ClassificationsF259 .P64 1990
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 356 p. :
Number of Pages356
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1888619M
ISBN 100807819336
LC Control Number90050011

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In , the primary Senate election between Willis Smith and Frank Porter Graham marked an important moment in North Carolina political history. After the death of Senator J. Melville Broughton on March 6, , one of North Carolina’s Senate seats was left vacant. 14 Oct. –16 Feb. Frank Porter Graham, university president, U.S. senator, and United Nations mediator, was born in Fayetteville, the son of Alexander and Katherine Bryan Sloan Graham. His father was a major founder of the public schools in Fayetteville and superintendent of the Charlotte school system for twenty-five years. Frank Graham was graduated from the . In the Democratic primary of , Smith defeated incumbent Sen. Frank Porter Graham for the nomination. Graham had been appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of J. Melville Broughton and had served only a little over a year at the time of his cal party: Democratic. Warren Ashby, Frank Porter Graham: A Southern Liberal (). Samuel Lubell, The Future of American Politics (3rd ed., ). Paul Luebke, Tar Heel Politics: Myth and Realities (). Julian M. Pleasants and Augustus M. Burns, Frank Porter Graham and the Senate Race in North Carolina ().

He was initially going to throw in the towel—according to the book Frank Porter Graham and the Senate Race in North Carolina, Smith told his publicity director, Hoover Adams, to send a letter of congratulations to Graham on June 6—but before the letter could be .   Much of the book is dedicated to Kerr’s and Bob’s respective governorships. At times, Christensen goes into too much detail–a whole section concerns telephone service–but as a whole, his analysis is savvy and fair. The narrative takes on a frisson of drama when Kerr appoints the sainted Frank Porter Graham to the U.S. Senate, only to. Pleasants, Julian M. and Augustus M. Burns III. Frank Porter Graham and the Senate Race in North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Powell, William S. North Carolina Through Four Centuries. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Ready, Milton. The Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina. Figure 2. Frank Porter Graham as U.S. Senator (–51). On the web More from LEARN NC Visit us on the web at to learn more about topics related to this article, including Frank Porter Graham, Jesse Helms, North Carolina, Willis Smith, history, politics, race, and segregation. Notes 1.

Graham's Campaign for the US Senate Graham left the presidency of the University of North Carolina in March when Governor Kerr Scott appointed him to the U.S. Senate. When Graham ran for the seat in , his major opponent in the primary was Willis Smith, a conservative Democrat. In , North Carolina governor Kerr Scott appointed Graham to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat. In the Democratic primary, Graham ran against former Senator Robert Reynolds, and former NC Speaker of the House Willis Smith. Losing an initial lead, Graham was unable to attain the majority of votes in the Democratic primary. Jesse Alexander Helms Jr. (Octo – July 4, ) was an American politician and a leader in the conservative movement. He served from until , and was elected five times as a Republican to the United States Senate from North Carolina. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from to he had a major voice in foreign cal party: Democratic . Julian M. Pleasants is the author of Gator Tales ( avg rating, 4 ratings, 1 review, published ), Frank Porter Graham and the Senate Race in /5.