Interview with William Oliver, February 26, 1975

Project: Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project

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William Oliver begins this interview by relating how he was appointed as Fred Vinson's Supreme Court law clerk through Northwestern Law School and Willard Pedrick. He discusses Vinson's relationships with other justices within the Court at different times within the interview. He talks about the general role of the chief justice within the Court. Vinson's relationship with his law clerks is commented on, which leads to a discussion of the role of law clerks within the Court. Price gives his interpretation of what Vinson's view of the role of the Court in society was. He relates an anecdote about the 1952 presidential election and Harry Truman wanting Vinson as a possible presidential candidate. He gives his opinion on why Vinson may have declined to run and goes on to talk about Vinson's death. Vinson's relationship with Eisenhower is mentioned. Price talks about the [Julius and Ethel] Rosenberg case. He gives his view on Vinson's position civil liberties and civil rights cases. Vinson relationship with Truman is mentioned. Price considers Vinson an expert in tax law in the '30s. He concludes by commenting on Vinson sitting on the McWilliams case (McWilliams v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue).

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1975oh009_vin010

Interviewee Name

William Oliver

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1975-02-26

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Oliver, William Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 26 Feb. 1975. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Oliver, W. (1975, February 26). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Oliver, William, interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. February 26, 1975, Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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