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Jesse Helms first met Richard Nixon in the 1950s when Helms worked as the administrative assistant for Senator Willis Smith. Twenty years later they met up again while Nixon was running for re-eletion and Helms was seeking his first term in the U.S. Senate. In November 1972, President Nixon joined Helms and North Carolina gubernatorial candidate James E. Holshouser in North Carolina for a whistle-stop campaign tour. Nixon arrived in Greensboro and was greeted by Helms, Holshouser and a large crowd of supporters.

 

While they were both in Washington, D.C., the two worked well together. In fact, during the Watergate scandal, Helms was one of thirty four Senators and Congressmen called to the White House to meet with Nixon the evening before he resigned. After Watergate forced Nixon to resign, he and Helms kept in touch until Nixon’s death in 1994.

 

The photographs and in this collection showcase the relationship between Senator Helms and President Nixon. Most of the images are from the 1972 whistle-stop campain tour, with many candid shots and often featuring the candidates and their wives. There is also a touching photograph of the two men later in life that shows the bond they shared over the years, in spite of only working together for a short time.

 

The Helms/Nixon correspondence also shows how well the two men worked together and the deep respect they felt towards each other. There are many encouraging and congratulatory letters, but in a special note from 1990, Nixon commends Helms for being re-elected and for proving the "experts" wrong once again.

 

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