Senator James T. Broyhill to speak at High Point University

By Teresa Loflin

“An Insider’s Look at the U.S. Capitol” is the subject of a special presentation by Senator James T. Broyhill who was a member of Congress for 24 years serving in the House of Representatives and the Senate during the administrations of five presidents. This entertaining program of “stories you have seldom heard before” will be a patriotic event featuring the North Carolina Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard in their 18th century uniforms and Susan Griffin Fisher, Miss North Carolina 1974, singing the National Anthem. The date is Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 17, at 7 pm and will be held in Phillips Hall at High Point University.

Senator Broyhill is a native of Lenoir, NC where he attended public schools. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Senator was employed in a number of executive positions with the Broyhill Furniture Factories. He also held community responsibilities with the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Recreation Commission of Lenoir.

At a fundraising dinner in Greensboro in 1986, President Reagan described Broyhill “as a man who is motivated by principle, but who also has a gift for the maneuvers whereby principle is translated into effective legislation… which is one way of saying Jim really knows how to work the Hill. He knows how to get things done and he gets things done for North Carolina.”

After his 24 years of service in the Congress, Senator Broyhill served the state of North Carolina as Chairman of the Board of Economic Development, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Co-chairman North Carolina Welfare to Work Business Council, and the Economic Development Committee of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Senator Broyhill served on the Board of Trustees and the Board of the Appalachian State University Foundation in Boone.  He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in 2010 for a lifetime of public service, for contributions to the state, higher education, and to Appalachian. An Entrance Plaza is named for him at that University. He was inducted into the North Carolina Republican Party Hall of Fame, and the Lenoir Post Office bears his name. He currently resides in Winston-Salem with his wife Louise.

Everyone is invited to this free event jointly sponsored by the High Point Museum Guild, the Alexander Martin Chapter NSDAR, Bienenstock Furniture Library, and High Point University. Please enter the campus at Montlieu and North College Drive, proceed to the gate at University Ave, park behind the Commerce Building for shuttle service to Phillips Hall.

The Museum Guild welcomes new members to join and support the High Point Museum. Annual dues are $25 which helps to fund wonderful programs which are free except for the field trips as well as other Museum projects and exhibits.

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