Interview with Alfred C. Partoll, June 29, 1995

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Alfred Partoll, a former legislative assistant in Senator Cooper's Washington D.C. office, begins the interview by detailing his career as an attorney and in the military. Partoll remembers how he was hired at Senator Cooper's office in 1962. Partoll then describes his colleagues in the office. Partoll details his job responsibilities and considers Cooper's reputation in Washington D.C. Partoll describes Cooper's friendship with the Kennedy family. The interviewee also reflects upon memories of John F. Kennedy and Cooper. Partoll illustrates Cooper's role in the passage of civil rights legislation and the pressures of the civil rights movement to enact legislative change. Cooper's habit of befriending Senators with different backgrounds than his own is explored. Partoll recalls Cooper's role in getting a Public Accommodations bill passed in the early 1960s. Partoll shares his opinions on Cooper's legacy as a politician. The different character of Senators in the 1960s is compared to how Congress operated in the 1990s. Cooper's influence in civil rights legislation is considered. Cooper's office habits are discussed. Partoll concludes the interview with a reflection upon his contact with Cooper since leaving the office.

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1995oh206_coop112

Interviewee Name

Alfred C. Partoll

Interviewer Name

Harry Merritt

Interview Date

1995-06-29

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Partoll, Alfred C. Interview by Harry Merritt. 29 Jun. 1995. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Partoll, A.C. (1995, June 29). Interview by H. Merritt. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Partoll, Alfred C., interview by Harry Merritt. June 29, 1995, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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