Jesse Helms

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Birthday
18, 1921
Birthplace
Monroe, NC
Death Date
Jul 4, 2008 (86)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
18, 1921
Birthplace
Monroe, NC
Death Date
Jul 4, 2008 (86)

About

Five-term Republican United States Senator from North Carolina who helped organize and fund the conservative resurgence in the 1970s. He served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry from 1981 to 1987.

Before Fame

After college, his first job was as a sports reporter with The Raleigh Times.

Trivia

He tried in the senate, with a 16-day filibuster, to stop the approval of a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Family Life

He married an editor for The News & Observer, Dorothy Coble, in 1942.

Associated With

Joe Biden took his place in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.