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This article is the result of a four-hour interview Carl Goerch had with Senator Simmons at his home in New Bern. In it Simmons relates the outstanding events in his political life of over fifty years. Among the items he discusses are an account of his first speech, his first campaign for public office, and the intense campaign of 1892.
In this installment Simmons relates the battle for white supremacy in the state during the Campaign of 1898, including how the campaign was waged, the difficulty in arousing the citizens, and the fight in connection with the grandfather clause.
In this concluding installment about his political life, Simmons tells why he did not support Governor Al Smith in the 1928 national election. It was because of the governor's affiliation with Tammany Hall, Wall Street, and former Republican associates.