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Collection Number: 05448-z

Collection Title: Samuel R. Williamson's Notebook on James B. Hunt's Senate Campaign, 1983-1984

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This collection was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.

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Abstract James Baxter Hunt Jr. served as Democratic governor of North Carolina, 1977-1985 and 1993-2001. In 1984, he ran as Democratic Party candidate for the United States Senate, but lost to Republican incumbent Jesse Helms. Samuel R. Williamson served as Hunt's unpaid campaign director for defense and foreign policy issues during the senatorial run. The collection consists of one notebook kept in 1983-1984 by Samuel R. Williamson. The notebook includes lists of contacts; correspondence; drafts of speeches and letters; memoranda; press releases; schedules and agendas; notes; reports; and information regarding defense and foreign policy issues.
Creator Williamson, Samuel R.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Samuel R. Williamson's Notebook on James B. Hunt's Senate Campaign #5448-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Samuel R. Williamson of Sewanee, Tenn., in December 2009 (Acc. 101223).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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James Baxter Hunt Jr. served as Democratic governor of North Carolina from 1977 to 1985 and from 1993 to 2001. In 1984, he ran as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate but lost to Republican incumbent Jesse Helms. The North Carolina Senate race was characterized as one of the most important in the country at the time, and was one of the most brutal and personal of Hunt's career. Samuel R. Williamson served as Hunt's unpaid campaign director for defense and foreign policy issues during the senatorial run.

Hunt graduated from North Carolina State College (now University) in Raleigh, N.C., in 1959 with a Bachelor's degree in agricultural education and again in 1962 with a Master's degree in agricultural economics. In 1964, he graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law. After his career as an elected official, Hunt practiced law with Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, a law firm based in Winston-Salem, N.C., and was practicing as of 2010. Hunt and his wife Carolyn Joyce Leonard Hunt have four children: Rebecca, Rachel, Elizabeth, and James Baxter III.

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The collection consists of one notebook kept in 1983-1984 by Samuel R. Williamson. The notebook includes lists of contacts; correspondence; drafts of speeches and letters; memoranda; press releases; schedules and agendas; notes; reports; and information regarding defense and foreign policy issues. Included in the notebook are letters from Robin H. Dorff, William J. Taylor Jr., Geitner Simmons, John Sylvester Jr., Stanley Hoffman, and others who advised Hunt on foreign affairs.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Kiley Orchard, May 2010

Encoded by: Kiley Orchard, May 2010

This collection was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.

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