Interview with Althea Swinford Hutton, March 28, 1975

Project: Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project

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Althea Swinford Hutton was a friend of Fred Vinson's family in Louisa. She begins the interview by giving her impressions of Vinson's mother and family and how Vinson's mother was an influence on his life. She relates how her husband, Hubert, was picked to become an aide for Vinson when he first went to Congress as a political deal. Some of the political "bosses" in Cynthiana at the time are listed along with some of the deals they made. She mentions Hubert helping Vinson in Al Smith's presidential campaign and goes on to discuss Vinson's campaign style. She reminisces how her family and the Vinson family had to acclimatize to Washington. Vinson party loyalty is given as the reason Vinson supported Al Smith and subsequently lost the election. After that defeat, Hutton's husband decided not to return to Washington with Vinson in 1930 when he won re-election. She describes Vinson as being ambitious, but honest and feels that his relationship with Harry Truman helped him advance. She mentions how W. J. Fields opposed Vinson for a congressional election. She gives her opinion on his early political career and how she feels the stresses of his position contributed to his early death. She ends by mentioning Vinson's relationship with Virgil Chapman and the rest of the Kentucky delegation.

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1975oh018_vin014

Interviewee Name

Althea Swinford Hutton

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1975-03-28

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Hutton, Althea Swinford Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 28 Mar. 1975. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hutton, A.S. (1975, March 28). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hutton, Althea Swinford, interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. March 28, 1975, Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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