Interview with Earle C. Clements, January 15, 1975

Project: Thruston B. Morton Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Former U.S. Senator and Governor of Kentucky; Clements serving in the U.S. House of Representatives with Morton in 1946; Clements' relationship with Morton; Morton as a moderate Republican; Morton's decision not to run for re-election in 1952 and his support for Eisenhower's candidacy for president; Clements' rise to a position of influence in the Senate; Clements' contact with Morton while Morton served as a State Department Congressional liaison in the Eisenhower administration; Lyndon Johnson and Clements' support and criticism of Eisenhower's foreign and domestic policies; Morton's views on foreign; Clements' opinion of State Department policies; Morton's reputation in the Senate; Morton's frankness; the 1956 Senate election and Morton's defeat of Clements; Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler's role in the 1956 Senate election and his rivalry with Clements; Lawrence Wetherby's candidacy and its impact on Clements' Senatorial campaign-- and John Sherman Cooper's candidacy and his impact on Morton's campaign; Alben Barkley's decision to run for the Senate in 1954 and Jane Barkley's role; Clements' opinion on the effect of the Eisenhower-Adlai Stevenson presidential campaign on the 1956 Senate election in Kentucky; Stevenson's anti-draft position; Clements working with Morton on various issues while Morton was a member of the Commerce Committee; Morton's defense of Kentucky's tobacco interests; Lyndon Johnson's support for civil rights.

Interview Accession

1975oh004_tmor030

Interviewee Name

Earle C. Clements

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1975-01-15

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Clements, Earle C. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 15 Jan. 1975. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Clements, E.C. (1975, January 15). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Thruston B. Morton Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Clements, Earle C., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. January 15, 1975, Thruston B. Morton Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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