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“Hunt was the fourth N.C. State alumnus to hold the North Carolina gubernatorial office…”

Dylan Grissom, B.A., Art Studies (Film)
Lead Researcher
“Jim Hunt for Lieutenant Governor Campaign Ad” (1971)

16mm film (orig.)
color, sound
1:39 minutes

This footage depicts James B. Hunt announcing his run for lieutenant governor of North
Carolina, a race he won the following year, and documents the beginning of Hunt’s long and quite successful political career.

James Hunt was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated from North Carolina State College in 1959. Hunt attained both a B.S. and an M.S. from the college before receiving his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1964. As an undergraduate at N.C. State College, he was elected to serve two terms as student body president, making him the second student to have done so and the second non-senior to be elected to the position. Additionally, he went on to serve as the president of the Young Democrats of North Carolina, then known as the Young Democratic Clubs of North Carolina.

In 1973, Hunt took office as Lieutenant Governor under James E. Holshouser, Jr., the first republican to be elected governor of North Carolina since 1896. After serving four years in that capacity, Hunt was elected in 1976 as 69th governor of North Carolina, and was inaugurated on January 8, 1977. Hunt was the fourth N.C. State alumnus to hold the North Carolina gubernatorial office and the first North Carolina governor to serve two consecutive four-year terms after his 1980 reelection. Following an unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate in 1984, Hunt took a brief hiatus from politics, returning in 1992 to serve an additional two terms, by which he became the longest-serving governor in North Carolina history.

Hunt’s accomplishments throughout the course of his political career were numerous. As governor, he established the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Smart Start and many other education programs. He was named by Editorial Projects in 2006 as one of the ten most influential people in American education. Additionally, the entirety of North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, including the library that bears his name, exists as a direct result of the reappropriation of approximately 380 acres of land from the now defunct Dorothea Dix Hospital to the university.

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Related documentation:
The Technician, April 24, 1958. Credit: Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, NCSU Libraries.

James Baxter Hunt, Jr., 1993-2001. Credit: Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.

Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., Inauguration, January 1977. L-R: Unidentified child, First Lady Carolyn Hunt, Governor James B. Hunt, unidentified, Patricia Holshouser, Jim Holshouser, and unidentified name in uniform at the Governor’s Mansion. Credit: Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.

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Note: Dylan Grissom researched another film which you can find here.