By Thomas L. Day | May 19 2009 08:00
Harlon Carter

A small mural of Harlon Carter was on display at the Phoenix Convention Center for the NRA Annual Meeting this weekend. Carter led the association as executive vice president from 1977 to 1985. He is generally seen as one of the most influential NRA chieftains.

Carter was born in Granbury, Texas, but called Arizona home much of his life. He served in, and later commanded, the U.S. Border Patrol.

Carter career with the NRA started when joined the association at 16. He served on the NRA’s board from 1951 to 1969. Carter became the first director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action in 1975 before his promotion to executive vice president.

Donations to the NRA skyrocketed and membership tripled during his eight years leading the association.

Carter died in his home in Green Valley, AZ, in 1991.

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