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Birthplace: Pittsylvania, VA, USA
Death: Died in Chapel Hill, Orange, NC, USA
Cause of death: Heart Attack while working in his rose garden
Occupation: Governor of NC, US Secretary of Commerce
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Birth: March 9, 1898 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States Death: October 6, 1974 in Eden, North Carolina, United States Nationality: American Occupation: Government Official Source: «i»Almanac of Famous People«/i», 9th ed. Thomson Gale, 2007.

Luther Hartwell Hodges (9 March 1898 - 6 October 1974) was the Democratic governor of the state of North Carolina from 1954 to 1961. In 1961 Hodges became Secretary of Commerce in President Kennedy's cabinet. He remained in that position through 1965, under President Johnson.

He was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on March 9, 1898, and moved with his family to Spray when he was two years old. Hodges left for UNC-Chapel Hill at age 17, and moved back to Spray after college. He went to work at Carolina Cotton and Woolen Mills in Leaksville, which was later purchased by Marshall Field. He remained with the company until he retired to enter politics. In 1923, he helped form the Leaksville Rotary Club, which later became known as the Eden Rotary. In the 1940's, he was appointed to the state Board of Education and the Highway and Public Works Commission. In 1945, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and to the U.S. Army in occupied Germany. Hodges worked his way from mill-work to executive positions in industry; at the same time, he was an active supporter of vocational education programs in North Carolina.

He was elected the state's lieutenant governor in 1952 and succeeded to the position of governor in November of 1954 upon the death of Governor William B. Umstead. Two years later, he was elected on his own to a four-year term as governor. Because North Carolina had a one-term limit for governors at that time, Hodges had the longest continuous tenure in the office until Jim Hunt succeeded in getting the state constitution changed. Research Triangle Park was established while he was governor. When he left his Washington post in 1965, he returned to Chapel Hill and was chairman of Research Triangle Park. In 1967, he served a one-year term as president of Rotary International, the only North Carolinian ever to hold the title, which is carried by only 100 people worldwide. During his time in office, Governor Hodges promoted industrialization and education, while attempting to limit racial tension.

He died in Oct. 6, 1974 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is buried in the Overlook Cemetery at Eden, North Carolina. There is a monument in his honor near a water fountain in Eden, NC's Freedom Park.

From the Greensboro Daily News, Oct. 6-12, 1974

Luther Hodges, who rose from humblest ranks to the highest levels of industry and government, returned this week to the town that nurtured him. Hodges was buried in Overlook Cemetery in Eden as three former North Carolina governors, the present governor Jim Holshouser and lieutenant governor Jim Hunt looked on.

He died two days earlier at his home in Chapel Hill at age 76.

Hodges was elected governor of North Carolina in 1952, became governor when William Umstead died in office, and was reelected to a full four-year term in 1956. He served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s.

These were remarkable accomplishments by a man who was born in a log house, the son of a tenant farmer in Virginia just north of North Carolina, and who twice dropped out of school after his family moved to Rockingham County when he was 3. An educator took an interest in him and urged him to finish his schooling, which he did.

He then worked his way through the University of North Carolina as a cafeteria assistant and by selling Bibles in the summer. Degree in hand, he returned to Leaksville to resume work for the Marshall Field Co. As a teen-ager, he had worked as an office boy in the company's Carolina Cotton and Woolen Mills for 5 cents an hour.

He advanced rapidly through the company, eventually becoming a vice president and head of its Fieldcrest Mills subsidiary. He left that job to enter politics.

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS: This is an original press photo. Luther Hodges, our next secretary of commerce, can tell his own Horatio Alger story. He was one Horatio Alger Story. He was one of nine children, born in this wooden shack on a tenant farm in Virginia.Photo measures 7 x 9.25inches. Photo is dated 12-12-1960.

This is an original press photo. Key Government officials appear pleased with model of Federal Pavilion under construction for the New York world's fair. From Left: Assistant Secretary of Commerce Herbert W. Klotz, Secretary of Commerce Luther H. Hodges, and U.S. Commissioner to the World's Fair Norman K. Winston, discuss plans for the city block square elevated Pavilion, expected to be one of the largest Fair exhibits.Photo measures 10.25 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 1-1-1963.

This is an original press photo. A fishing enthusiast with little time, Secretary of Commerce Luther Hodges looks at one of his rods in his hotel apartment in Washington.Photo measures 9.25 x 7inches. Photo is dated 10-10-1962.

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Book Description: Self Published Luther Hodges, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. #487 of 1600 copies. A collection of writings - prayers, talks, tributes. Very good hardcover, no DJ. Inscribed and signed by the author above frontis with his photo. Also a gift inscription to same people on fep from Lithuanian friends. Otherwise unmarked, bright and clean. Enjoy reading with a real book in your hands. Shipping from North Carolina. Dedicated to delighting our customers. Delivery confirmation provided on all domestic orders. Happy to ship to international locations. Consider expedited shipping - just a little more moves your purchase a lot faster. Digital photos available on request for any book. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000014141

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Book Description: Clay Printing Company, Winston-Salem, 1950. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Presentation inscription: "To Lilian, a pleasing host, a pleasing friend, Luther C. Hodges." Pages unmarked. Paper off white. Binding solid. Moderate wear. SIGNED by Luther C. Hodges. Bookseller Inventory # 89003

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Book Description: Self Published, Raleigh, 1983. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. Limited Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Tan cloth with gold stamping. A crisp like new unmarked copy. Number 921 of 1600 original copies. Bookseller Inventory # 019274

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Book Description: Self-published, Raleigh, 1983. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Signed, limited edition (#321 of 1600), Former owner's gift inscription on front free end page. Binding square & tight. Clean & bright. SIGNED by Luther C. Hodges. NOT Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 78682

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Luther H. Hodges AKA Luther Hartwell Hodges

Born: 9-Mar-1898 Birthplace: Cascade, VA Died: 6-Oct-1974 Location of death: Chapel Hill, NC Cause of death: unspecified Remains: Buried, Overlook Cemetery, Eden, NC

Gender: Male Religion: Methodist Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Politician Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States Executive summary: Governor of North Carolina, 1954-61

Military service: US Army (WWI)

Father: John James Hodges Mother: Lovicia Gammon Wife: Martha Elizabeth Blakeney (m. 24-Jun-1922)

   University: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1919)
   US Secretary of Commerce (21-Jan-1961 to 15-Jan-1965)
   Governor of North Carolina (7-Nov-1954 to 5-Jan-1961)
   Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1953 to 7-Nov-1954)
   North Carolina State Official Highway and Public Works Commission
   Board of Education North Carolina State Board of Education
   American Legion 
   Freemasonry 
   Loyal Order of Moose 
   Rotary International 

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Luther Hartwell Hodges, Sr. (March 9, 1898 – October 6, 1974) was an American politician, who served as the 64th Governor of the state of North Carolina from 1954 to 1961 and as United States Secretary of Commerce from 1961 to 1965.


Biography


Hodges was born in Cascade,[2] Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on March 9, 1898, and moved with his family to Spray (which later merged with two other towns to become Eden, NC) when he was two years old, living much of his life there in Rockingham County, North Carolina. Hodges left for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at age 17, and moved back to Eden after college. He then went to work at Carolina Cotton and Woolen Mills in Leaksville, which was later purchased by Marshall Field. He remained with the company, working his way up from mill-work to executive positions, until he retired to enter politics. In 1923, he helped form the Leaksville Rotary Club, which later became known as the Eden Rotary. In the 1940s, he was appointed to the state Board of Education and the Highway and Public Works Commission. In 1945, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and to the U.S. Army in occupied Germany.


Hodges was elected the state's 22nd lieutenant governor in 1952 and succeeded to the position of governor in November 1954 upon the death of Governor William B. Umstead. Two years later, he was elected on his own to a four-year term as governor. Because North Carolina had a one-term limit for governors at that time, Hodges had the longest continuous tenure in the office until the state constitution was changed and Jim Hunt was elected to a second term in 1980 . During his time in office, Governor Hodges promoted industrialization and education, while attempting to limit racial tension. Research Triangle Park was established while he was governor. When he left his Washington post in 1965, he returned to Chapel Hill and was chairman of Research Triangle Park. In 1967, he served a one-year term as president of Rotary International.


He died in Oct. 6, 1974, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is buried in the Overlook Cemetery at Eden, North Carolina. There is a monument in his honor near a water fountain in Eden's Freedom Park.


Legacy


Hodges's son, Luther H. Hodges, Jr., was a prominent banking executive and United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

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Luther H. Hodges, Sr., Governor, U.S. Secretary of Commerce's Timeline

1898
March 8, 1898
Pittsylvania, VA, USA
1922
June 25, 1922
Age 24
Union, North Carolina, United States
1970
1970
Age 71
1974
October 6, 1974
Age 76
Chapel Hill, Orange, NC, USA
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Eden, Rockingham, NC, USA