Interview with John Sherman Cooper, January 20, 1980

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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The interview begins with John Sherman Cooper's recollections of the Senate when he was first elected in 1946. The interviewee details his maiden speech in the Senate. Cooper's first vote against the Republican position is considered. Reactions to Cooper's deviation from the Republican Party position are shared. Cooper talks of his working relationship with Robert Taft. Cooper discusses his work on the Judiciary Committee and for the Displaced Persons bill. Cooper characterizes the War Powers bill as the most complex of its session, dealing with exports, imports, and difficult economic issues. Cooper's position on TVA and a post-war tax cut are explored. Cooper opposed a search and seizure act that he believed went too far against civil liberties, while he supported the Marshall Plan. Truman's claim about "the do-nothing Congress" had little basis in Cooper's recollection. The interviewee describes his interactions with President Truman during this time. President Truman's vetoes of the Taft-Hartley act and the Portal-to-Portal bill were overridden. Additionally, Cooper provides an overview of his role in the Taft-Hartley Act and the Portal-to-Portal bill. Cooper's work on agriculture during his first term in the Senate is explored. To conclude the interview, Cooper talks of flood control in Kentucky and why he decided not to run for governor in Kentucky.

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1980oh016_coop011

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1980-01-20

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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 20 Jan. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1980, January 20). Interview by W. Cooper. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cooper, John Sherman, interview by William Cooper. January 20, 1980, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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