Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, From Jefferson to Reagan

NC Museum of History

Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America,  From Jefferson to Reagan

Author and political historian Garland S. Tucker III of Raleigh will discuss his book Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, From Jefferson to Reagan (Intercollegiate Studies Institute 2015) Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Admission is free. A Q&A session and book signing follow the program. Copies will be available for purchase.

Frank A. Daniels Jr., former president and publisher of the News & Observer Publishing Company, will introduce Tucker.

Conservative Heroes provides compelling snapshots of several early statesmen — such as Nathaniel Bacon, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson — in addition to more modern names — including William F. Buckley, Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan — who supported American conservatism: a philosophy rooted in the virtue of limited government. Tucker tells the story of American conservatism through this lively look at 14 champions of conservative thought — some well-known; others hardly remembered at all.

By examining the lives and writings of significant political and intellectual figures, Tucker traces the development of five basic tenets of conservatism and shows how these leaders put principle into action. He also highlights unexpected heroes who challenged threats to liberty and the U.S. Constitution.

Conservative Heroes is Tucker's second book, preceded by The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge and the 1924 Election (Emerald, 2010). The author currently serves as chairman of Triangle Capital Corporation (formerly president /CEO), a publicly traded specialty finance company in Raleigh. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Washington and Lee University and received an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. He is a former member of the New York Stock Exchange; serves on the boards of numerous companies, schools and charitable organizations; and is a lifelong student of history.

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About the N.C. Museum of History
The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit


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