Interview with John Sherman Cooper, November 18, 1979

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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The interview begins by following up an earlier interview from May 13th, 1979. Cooper talks of his experience at 1940 Republican conventions, both nationally and locally. The focus is on Cooper's term as a Pulaski County Judge and his Army enlistment in 1942. Cooper briefly explains the circumstances behind his first marriage. Cooper traveled extensively through Europe, serving in the Military Police and Patton's Third army during the war, in France, Luxembourg, Italy, England, and Weimar, Germany. Cooper relays his experience of liberating the Buchenwald concentration camp. The interviewee talks of his time spent with General Patton. After the conclusion of World War II, Cooper remained in Europe to help displaced persons and also to re-establish the court system in Bavaria. How Cooper got the political career of future German Chancellor Ludwig Erdhard started is explored. Back home, practicing law in Pulaski County, Cooper started the practice of putting African Americans on petit juries in circuit court. To his knowledge, this had never been done before. Cooper also discusses various campaigns and elections to the Senate, focusing mainly on 1946. Many aspects of the 1946 Senatorial campaign are examined, including John Robison Sr., John Y. Brown Sr., the Kentucky Federation of Labor, the campaign trail, foreign policy issues, Republican national support of the campaign, Social Security, press coverage, and Happy Chandler. Cooper also discusses Kentucky Republicans that he campaigned for in 1946 and 1948. To conclude the interview, Cooper gives his views on the controversial William Fulbright proposal.

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1979oh263_coop004

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1979-11-18

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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 18 Nov. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1979, November 18). 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. November 18, 1979, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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