Interview with Alben W. Barkley, July 23, 1953

Project: Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this interview, Barkley discusses the 1952 Democratic Convention. He describes events leading up to the convention at which time he was in the running for the presidential nomination. He recalls campaigning in the western United States during the election of 1948 and his election to the vice presidency. He particularly remembers the adjustment he had to make when he began presiding over the Senate in which he had been majority leader. He describes how his power to break ties among the Senate caused problems with other Senators particularly Lucas Scott. Barkley also remembers his own reaction to the amendment which limited the president to two terms of service.

Barkley discusses Truman's decision not to run for a third term, although he had not technically completed two terms. He recalls his conversations with Adlai Stevenson regarding the presidential nomination and working with labor unions prior to the 1952 election. He describes the Republican nomination of Eisenhower and their desperate need to win.

Barkley reflects back to World War Two and his "bathroom discussions" with Roosevelt particularly after Roosevelt's return from the Yalta conference. He comments upon his relationship with and his respect of Roosevelt. Barkley also tells stories about his friendship with Admiral Rodman, meeting Mikolajczyk of Poland and seeing soapbox orators and singers in Hyde Park in London.

Interview Accession

2006oh007_bark008

Interviewee Name

Alben W. Barkley

Interviewer Name

Sidney Shalett

Interview Date

1953-07-23

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Barkley, Alben W. Interview by Sidney Shalett. 23 Jul. 1953. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Barkley, A.W. (1953, July 23). Interview by S. Shalett. Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Barkley, Alben W., interview by Sidney Shalett. July 23, 1953, Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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