Interview with James Fleming Gordon, November 16, 1976
Project: A. B. "Happy" Chandler: The Dr. Charles P. Roland Interviews
Interview SummaryJames Fleming Gordon discusses his family's connection to politics and how he first learned of Happy Chandler during his time in law school. Gordon discusses why he and others switched their support from the opposing side of the Kentucky Democratic Party. He talks about his role in Chandler's 1955 gubernatorial campaign. He discusses appointments made by Chandler in his second term as governor. Gordon discusses how he did not see corruption in Kentucky politics like many would expect and talks about how he knows of no wrong doing between Chandler and liquor companies despite allegations. Gordon explains why he left the Public Service over a disagreement with Chandler on his proposed merit system. He talks about how Chandler came to the decision to desegregate public schools. He mentions unions, disagreements with Chandler, Chandler's legacy and his personality.
Interview LC SubjectChandler, Happy, 1898-1991 Gordon, James Gordon, James--Interviews Kentucky--Politics and government Kentucky. Governor (1935-1939 : Chandler) Kentucky. Governor (1955-1959 : Chandler) Politicians--United States United States--Politics and government Wetherby, Lawrence Winchester, 1908- Wetherby, Lawrence W. (Lawrence Winchester), 1908- Laffoon, Ruby, 1869-1941 Governors--Kentucky Governors--Election Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991 Democratic Party (Ky.) Politicians--Kentucky Taxation--Law and legislation--Kentucky State governments Political campaigns--Kentucky Press and politics. Waterfield, Harry Lee, 1911-1988 Political corruption--Kentucky Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991 Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985 Elections--Corrupt practices
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Gordon, James Fleming Interview by Charles P. Roland. 16 Nov. 1976. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Gordon, J.F. (1976, November 16). Interview by C. P. Roland. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: The Dr. Charles P. Roland Interviews. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Gordon, James Fleming, interview by Charles P. Roland. November 16, 1976, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: The Dr. Charles P. Roland Interviews, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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