Gardner-Webb lecture series returns with a look at O. Max Gardner, NC politics

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BOILING SPRINGS — From his childhood, O. Max Gardner of Shelby dreamed of politics.

“He had decided he had political ambitions and set his sights on the governor’s mansion,” said his grandson, Shelby attorney O. Max Gardner III.

He made it. In the process, Gardner became “the most fascinating unheralded political figure” that journalist Rob Christensen has studied.

Christensen will share some of what he learned Wednesday, Feb. 24, as the Joyce Compton Brown Lecture Series presents its first program for the spring semester at Gardner-Webb University.

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