J.E.L. Wade Political Statement
Scope and Contents
This unpublished political statement by James E.L. Wade in May, 1967 to the New Hanover County League of Women Voters covers a wide spectrum of programs he was involved with on both a local level and as a member of the General Assembly of North Carolina. Mr. Wade outlines his vision for the future of a greater Wilmington, covering improvements in all major areas from roads to parks and waterfront re-development, a convention center, preservation, recreation, city drainage, a bridge over the Cape Fear River, and the revitalization of Downtown. His involvement with the city's Greenfield Lake project is especially highlighted. Also included are his North Carolina State Senate card from when he was sworn in, and an autographed card given by Mr. Wade's wife.
- 1942, 1967, 1975
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J.E.L. Wade (1889-1980) was a long time Wilmington, N.C. politician, serving as Mayor of Wilmington (twice), on the City Council (36 years), in the State legislature (3 terms) and as the City Commissioner in charge of Public Works. He was involved in a number of projects during his tenure in Wilmington, such as the expansion of the city parks and recreation system including the development of Greenfield Lake and the municipal golf course, bills promoting free school books in the county, and the selection of the live oak tree at Hilton Park that became the World's Largest Living Christmas Tree. While a member of the General Assembly, he was instrumental in helping to create the N.C. State Ports Authority. His nickname was "Hi Buddy," due to the fact that he greeted everyone he met with this saying. He is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
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Originally processed by Carroll R. Jones. In 2014, this manuscript collection was re-foldered and re-housed with current archival standard materials by Christine Hockaday.
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- Greenfield Lake (Wilmington, N.C.)
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- United States -- Politics and government -- Sources
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- Voting -- Wilmington (N.C.)
- Wilmington (N.C.)
- World's Largest Living Christmas Tree (Wilmington, N.C.)
- J.E.L. Wade Political Statement
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