Senator James Broyhill and Louise Horton Robbins Broyhill Oral History Interview
Senator Jim and Louise Broyhill are large supporters of Appalachian State University because of their childhood roots to the school and many members of their family are active participants of Appalachian’s events and boards. Senator Jim’s parents met at the Watauga Training School and Louise’s grandmother was Emma Horton who was Appalachian’s first head librarian who served for 44 years. Senator Broyhill has led a successful life as a Republican politician. He served as House of Representatives from North Carolina’s 9th district from 1963-1969 until his was changed to the 10th district where he served from 1969-1986. Then he temporarily served as US Senator from North Carolina from July to November in 1986 until he was edged out in the election by Terry Sanford. He now lives in Winston-Salem with his wife and continued to be active in politics as an elder statesman.
Information discussed in the interview: childhood, early education, Horton family, Boone's history, Appalachian Training School, Boone community, Broyhill family history, Board of Trustees, Senator Jim's political career, and Appalachian State University's history.
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