Interview with J. D. "Jiggs" Buckman, December 19, 1984

Project: Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project

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Buckman begins this interview by giving background information about himself and tells of his career in politics before he became Attorney General of Kentucky in 1952. He remembers Wetherby's campaign for Lieutenant Governor, and how he was perceived in various parts of the state and speaks in depth of Wetherby's support for the 1954 Brown v. Board Supreme Court ruling. He speaks of the nature of the attorney general's office in the 1950's, his typical work day, those individuals who were played a part in that sector, and of his relationship with Governor Wetherby. Buckman recalls his relationship with Doc Beauchamp, and recalls memories of Bert Combs. He tells of when he first met Wetherby and his relationship with Earle Clements. Topics discussed include the gambling and prostitution problem in Northern Kentucky during the 1950's, the basketball scandal in 1951, the short ballot of 1953, and Wetherby's stance on Capital Punishment. Buckman tells of the major issues in his office from 1951-1955, and of the influential power the coal industry in Eastern Kentucky possessed. Buckman concludes remembering his running for Lieutenant Governor in 1955 and the Louisville political machine in the1950's

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1991oh021_weth037

Interviewee Name

J. D. "Jiggs" Buckman

Interviewer Name

John Kleber

Interview Date

1984-12-19

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Buckman, J. D. Interview by John Kleber. 19 Dec. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Buckman, J.D. (1984, December 19). Interview by J. Kleber. Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Buckman, J. D., interview by John Kleber. December 19, 1984, Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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