Henry Aldridge

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Henry Aldridge
Henry Aldridge.jpg
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 9th district
In office
1994–1998
Preceded by Charles McLawhorn
Succeeded by Marian N. McLawhorn
Personal details
Born Marvin Warren Aldridge
(1923-04-27)April 27, 1923
Craven County, North Carolina
Died February 2, 2002(2002-02-02) (aged 78)
Greenville, North Carolina
Resting place Pinewood Memorial Park
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susu Tuttle Aldridge
Children Eight
Alma mater East Carolina University
Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry (1950)
Profession Dentist, politician

Marvin Warren "Henry" Aldridge (April 27, 1923 – February 2, 2002) was a dentist and member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

A native of Craven County, North Carolina, he moved to Greenville in the 1940s, and obtained his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University (ECU). He received his dental degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1950.[1][2][3] Aldridge practiced as a dentist in Greenville, North Carolina for 50 years.

Aldridge served on the Greenville City Council for a number of terms, and was elected to the North Carolina House (Ninth District) in 1994, defeating Democratic incumbent Charles McLawhorn.[4] He achieved notoriety in 1995 when he asserted that rape victims could not get pregnant. In the context of a debate regarding whether the state should stop funding abortions for poor women, he stated, "The facts show that people who are raped, who are truly raped, the juices don't flow, the body functions don't work, and they don't get pregnant."[1][5][6] He later stated that his comments were "stupid." Aldridge's 1995 comments were revisited in August 2012, in light of controversy surrounding U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin's similar comments.[7]

He was re-elected to his seat in 1996. In 1998, Aldridge also received some press attention when, noting a report that non-white infant mortality rates were nearly twice as high as for white infants, commented that he doubted the report "because it seems that most of the black people I know are bigger and tougher and stronger than whites." Aldridge said afterwards that his comments were intended to be complimentary, as "Black men are generally bigger, strong, better athletes. I would suggest that you take a look at the professional baseball, basketball, and football teams." A black state legislator, Sen. Bill Martin, commented that he did not believe Aldridge's comments had "malicious intent."[8][9]

Aldridge retired from office in 1998, after losing to Democratic candidate Marian N. McLawhorn in the 1998 election.[10] He died at age 78 on February 2, 2002.[11]

Aldridge was also very active in community organizations, serving as president of the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Lion’s Club, Greenville Boy’s Club, and Greenville Little League. He also served as president of the ECU Alumni Association.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (21 April 1995). N.C. Legislator Says Rape Victims Don't Get Pregnant, The Mount Airy News
  2. ^ (5 February 2002). Former N.C. Representative Dead at 78, The Robesonian (longer version of AP obituary article)
  3. ^ a b (3 February 2002). Marvin W. Aldridge, Greenville Daily Reflector
  4. ^ (6 July 1995). IN WAKE OF ALDRIDGE'S COMMENTS, GROUP WORKS TO STOP RE-ELECTION, Virginian Pilot
  5. ^ (21 April 1995). Lawmaker Says Rape Can't Cause Pregnancy, San Francisco Chronicle (Associated Press story)
  6. ^ (26 April 1995). ALDRIDGE REMARK HAS LIFE OF ITS OWN, STATE LAWMAKER'S COMMENTS DRAW REACTION IN TALK SHOWS, MEDIA NATIONWIDE, Charlotte Observer
  7. ^ (20 August 2012). Examining The Truth About Rape And Pregnancy, National Public Radio
  8. ^ (27 January 1998)Death states don't match legislator's stereotypes, Wilmington Star-News
  9. ^ (3 February 1998). Aldridge Won't Let Facts Get In The Way, Mount Airy News
  10. ^ Hunt, Jenna (22 October 2002). Eagle hopes to soar above incumbent McLawhorn, Daily Reflector ("she defeated incumbent Republican Henry Aldridge in 1998")
  11. ^ (5 February 2002). Deaths Elsewhere: Marvin Warren Aldridge, North Carolina Lawmaker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel