June 17 - December 31, 2005
The International Legacy of a North Carolina Statesman
Later Hodges' guest asked the governor: "Luther, how can you handle so many questions? How do you remember what you say, or said last time on so many different subjects?" The governor grinned and replied, "Well, if you tell the truth, you don't have to remember, do you?"
A man of ideas and action, he traveled thousands of miles each year and made hundreds of speeches to develop a statewide spirit of enthusiasm and support for economic development and growth.
This tenant farmer's son and novice politician became best known as the "Businessman in the Statehouse."
Excerpts written by Edward L. Rankin Jr. from
The North Carolina Century: Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000 (link to the book).
(photo courtesy of Hugh Morton)