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James Thomas Broyhill (August 19, 1927 - )
Inducted 1996
   Born in Lenoir, NC, on August 19, 1927, James was the eldest son of furniture manufacturer, James Edgar Broyhill and Sadie Hunt Broyhill. James attended public schools and then graduated from the University of North 

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Carolina at Chapel Hill (business administration) in 1950.
   He worked in various roles for the Broyhill Furniture Factories from 1935 to 1962. He also served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Recreation Commission of Lenior, as well as served of the boards of the Northwest North Carolina Forestry Association, North Carolina Development Association and the Furniture, Plywood and Veneer Council (as vice chairman).
   In 1962, James T. Broyhill ran for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican, barely winning the general election (by less than 1 per cent of the total vote) from incumbent Democrat Hugh Alexander.
   He served 12 terms in the U.S. House (from Jan. 3, 1963, until July 14, 1986), until being appointed as U.S. Senator for North Carolina following the death of John East.
   He ran for election that fall but was unsuccessful. He served in the Senate from July 14 to November 10, 1986.
   In 1989, James T. Broyhill was named North Carolina Secretary of Economic Development. He served in that role until June 1991.
   James T. Broyhill married Louise Robbins of Durham in 1951 and they have three children.


 James T. Broyhill and wife, Louise,
 with his parents, Sadie & James Edgar Broyhill  (left to right).

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