Interview SummaryThomas Clark, a well-known Kentucky historian, begins the interview by discussing how he first met Cooper. Clark then details Cooper's contributions to Kentucky. Clark talks of former U.S. Ambassador to India Chester Bowles. Additionally, Clark reflects upon his personal encounters with Cooper in Kentucky. Cooper's significance to Kentucky overall is explored. Clark describes the political history of Somerset, Kentucky, with an emphasis on the Civil War period. Clark relays some of the most important influences on Cooper's life. Cooper's wife Lorraine and brother Richard are described. Clark also characterizes what made Cooper so popular with constituents. Cooper's time spent as U.S. Ambassador to India in the 1950s is examined. Clark remembers his involvement in a cross-cultural exchange program between the U.S. and India, sponsored by the State Department. Clark illustrates his assistance towards Indian visitors to the U.S., as well as his experiences living in India in the mid-1950s. Clark highlights memories of William Faulkner, whom he met while attending the University of Mississippi. To conclude the interview, Clark considers the changes that have occurred in India since the 1950s.
Interview LC SubjectClark, Thomas Dionysius, 1903-2005 Clark, Thomas Dionysius, 1903-2005--Interviews Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991 Politicians Politicians--United States Politics and government United States--Politics and government Kentucky Kentuckians Ambassadors Influences India Indians University of Kentucky Legacy Reputation Somerset (Ky.) Pulaski County (Ky.) Civil war Fathers Brothers Charm United States. Department of State Change Industrialization
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Clark, Thomas D. Interview by Harry Merritt. 15 Jun. 1994. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Clark, T.D. (1994, June 15). Interview by H. Merritt. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Clark, Thomas D., interview by Harry Merritt. June 15, 1994, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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