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Jesse Helms passes away on the 4th of July.


CofCC.org News Team

Beloved former US Senator Jesse Helms passed away today.

He joins the second, third and fifth presidents of the United States – John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe – who also died on Independence Day.

He was 86. His cause of death was not released. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming, Dodd said.

Helms served five terms in the U.S. Senate, retiring in 2003 because of his faltering health. During his 30 years in Capitol Hill, the North Carolina Republican became a powerful voice for a conservative movement that was growing both in Congress and across the country, and he used his position to speak out against issues like gay rights, federal funding for the arts and U.S. foreign aid.

“I had sought election in 1972 to try to derail the freight train of liberalism that was gaining speed toward its destination of government-run everything, paid for with big tax bills and record debt,” Helms wrote in his 2005 memoir, “Here’s Where I Stand.”

“My goal, when my wife, Dot, and I decided I would run, was to stick to my principles and stand up for conservative ideals.”

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