About this Famous Person
Five-term Republican United States Senator from North Carolina
Source : Tim DOWLING
Helms was born in Monroe, North Carolina, where his father, nicknamed "Big Jesse", served as both fire chief and chief of police; his mother, Ethel Mae Helms, was a homemaker. Helms was of English ancestry on both sides.
Helms briefly attended Wingate Junior College, now Wingate University, near Monroe, before leaving for Wake Forest College. He left Wingate after a year to begin a career as a journalist, having worked for the next eleven years as a newspaper and radio reporter, first as a sportswriter and news reporter for the Raleigh News and Observer, and also as assistant city editor for The Raleigh Times. Helms met Dorothy "Dot" Coble, editor of the society page at The News & Observer, and they married in 1942. Helms' first interest in politics came from conversations with his conservative father-in-law.
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