Interview with James W. Martin, March 17, 1981

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this interview with James W. Martin, former director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Kentucky, Martin describes his appointment as Commissioner of Finance by Governor Happy Chandler during Chandler's second administration. He talks about the experiences that prepared him for the position, and talks about choosing the staff for the Department of Finance.

Martin discusses other members of the Governor's Cabinet including: Charles Allphin, Commissioner of State Welfare; Laban Jackson, Commissioner of Conservation; Vego Barnes, Commissioner of Economic Security; Dr. Russell Teague, Commissioner of Health; Robert Humphreys, Commissioner of Highways; Peab Widener, Commissioner of Public Safety; James Luckett, Commissioner of Revenue; Harry Davis, Executive Secretary; Harry Lee Waterfield, Lieutenant Governor; and legal advisers Clifford Smith and Joe Leary. Martin talks about the purpose of the Cabinet. He talks about the financial conditions of the state government when Chandler became governor after Lawrence Wetherby's administration.

Throughout the interview Martin discusses issues of government administration and personnel management.

Interview Accession

1981oh033_af126

Interviewee Name

James W. Martin

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1981-03-17

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Martin, James W. Interview by William J. Marshall. 17 Mar. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Martin, J.W. (1981, March 17). Interview by W. J. Marshall. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Martin, James W., interview by William J. Marshall. March 17, 1981, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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