Interview SummaryMoore begins the interview by recalling his first memories of John Sherman Cooper. Moore's career and personal background are detailed. Moore's experience in working for Cooper's 1946 Senatorial campaign is discussed. Cooper's campaign against Alben Barkley in 1954 is considered. Cooper's experiences with managing his deceased father's estate and as a Great Depression era judge both influenced his political views. Moore's ties to the Cooper family are discussed. The interviewee talks of Cooper campaign finance strategies. Moore remembers the vitality of Cooper's early campaign speeches in 1946 and 1948. At that time, Cooper was an early champion of equal rights in Kentucky. Important issues during the 80th U.S. Congress (1948-1948) are detailed. Moore recalls his role in Cooper's 1948 and 1952 Senatorial campaigns. How Cooper's experience in foreign affairs played a role in subsequent political campaigns is evaluated. Moore discusses Cooper's second marriage and the impact of being divorced upon the campaign. The interviewee's work as an Administrative Assistant in Cooper's office is considered. Moore's career in the federal government is also mentioned. John F. Kennedy, in his campaign for president, took notes on Cooper's advice on relating to "mountain people" for campaigning in West Virginia. Moore talks of the friendship between Kennedy and Cooper. Cooper's political principles and popularity among constituents is explored. To conclude the interview, Moore compares Cooper and Thruston Morton.
Interview KeywordJohn Sherman Cooper Alben Barkley Political campaigns U.S. Senate Family Campaign finance Speaker Lorraine Cooper Administrative assistants 1946 Senatorial campaign 1948 Senatorial campaign 1952 Senatorial campaign 1954 Senatorial campaign 1956 Senatorial campaign John F. Kennedy Constituents Thruston Morton
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Moore, George M. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 29 Jan. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Moore, G.M. (1981, January 29). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Moore, George M., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. January 29, 1981, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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