Interview with Walter A. Baker, July 26, 1995

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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Walter Baker, a former member of the Kentucky General Assembly, begins the interview by charting Cooper's political trajectory in the 1940s and 1950s. Baker recalls his time spent working as a summer intern in Senator Morton's Washington D.C. office in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Additionally, Baker describes Cooper's personality and habits. Baker's career as an attorney in Louisville and Barren County is explored. Baker discusses his long history with being involved in Kentucky Republican politics. Baker talks of Cooper's brothers and their lives. Baker also mentions how Cooper's family reacted to Richard Nixon as the 1960 Republican presidential candidate. Baker then illustrates Thruston Morton's issues with alcohol. Baker provides a list of some of the Senators he worked with at Senator Morton's office. The friendship between Cooper and Happy Chandler is examined. To conclude the interview, Baker highlights some of Cooper's social connections to powerful figures in Kentucky.

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1995oh207_coop113

Interviewee Name

Walter A. Baker

Interviewer Name

Harry Merritt

Interview Date

1995-07-26

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Baker, Walter A. Interview by Harry Merritt. 26 Jul. 1995. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Baker, W.A. (1995, July 26). Interview by H. Merritt. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Baker, Walter A., interview by Harry Merritt. July 26, 1995, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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