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[Charles Wilson Donates Papers to SFA ]

Description: Photograph of U.S. Congressman Charles Wilson, (D-Lufkin) (second from left), who was warmly welcomed at a reception at Stephen F. Austin State University when he presented a collection of his official papers to the university's Ralph W. Steen Library. The collection includes Wilson's records while a senator in the Texas Legislature as well as federal papers since he has been a U.S. Congressman. Looking on as Wilson shows his scrapbook, which was kept during his senate term are (from left) Dr. William R. Johnson, president of SFA; Ernestine Hendry, associate dean of student development; Dr. David Cox, professor of political science; and Charles Haas, vice president of fiscal affairs.
Date: 1979

[Peyton Walters Mobile Office 1979]

Description: Photograph of Peyton Walters driving Congressman Charles Wilson's mobile office. Walters, a former Polk County judge, began working for Wilson in 1979 to manage his mobile office program. He later served as Wilson's chief of staff from about 1991-1996 when Wilson retired from Congress.
Date: 1979

[Charles Wilson in Israel in Captured Tank ]

Description: Photograph of US Congressman Charles Wilson sitting atop a captured Russian-made Egyptian tank in Israel in December 1973. Diboll Free Press Collection, The History Center, Diboll, Texas. Following the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War, East Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson inspected this Russian-built T-62 tank captured by Israel. Wilson, as a member of the Near East subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, visited Israel comparing U.S. military equipment to that of Russia. Wilson concluded in a December 1973 newspaper column that we were “growing lax in our preparedness,” as he thought our best equipment was not as advanced as what Russia was then supplying Egypt and Syria.
Date: December 1973

[Buddy Temple Gives Speech at Wilson's Governor Day]

Description: Photograph of State representative Buddy Temple, friend of Charlie Wilson, speaking at Wilson's Governor for a Day ceremony at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in Polk County, Texas on December 2, 1972. Behind him are Charlie Wilson and his first wife Jerry, and Lufkin attorney Martin Dies. Judge John Hannah was also in attendance.
Date: December 2, 1972

[John Hannah and Charles Wilson]

Description: Photograph of State Representative John Hannah introducing Charlie Wilson, President Pro-Tem of the Texas Senate, as Governor of Texas for a day at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation on December 2, 1972. State Representative Buddy Temple served as master of ceremonies and Judge Martin Dies Jr. swore Wilson into office. A reported 5,000 people were in attendance, including a complete National Guard unit that provided a 19-gun salute from 105mm howitzers. The mat is inscribed "To John, my trusted friend and guru, Charlie"
Date: December 2, 1972