Interview with John Sherman Cooper, May 13, 1979

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

Interview Summary

John Sherman Cooper discusses his ancestry, early memories of a happy childhood in Pulaski County, and his father's education and career. In about 1901, Cooper's father was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue in Kentucky by President Theodore Roosevelt. Cooper also talks of his mother and how his parents met. Childhood memories include Sunday School and church, household chores, reading, sports, and studying. Cooper's education at Somerset High School is examined. Early jobs included machinist's assistant and coal mining. Somerset is about halfway between Cincinnati and Chattanooga by rail, which made the town quite cosmopolitan for its size and location. Famous people from Somerset are also mentioned. Other subjects include Cooper's attendance at Centre College, Spanish Flu, college sports, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, attendance at Yale University and Harvard Law School. Upon his father's death, there was great difficulty for Cooper to administer the estate and finish law school. Cooper was elected Pulaski County Judge in 1929. Prior to that, he served a term at the State Legislature. Additionally, Cooper discusses serving as a county judge in Pulaski County during the Great Depression. Cooper also details his campaign for the Republican nomination in the 1939 Kentucky governor's race. To conclude the interview, Cooper relays his experience as a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.

Interview Accession

1979oh158_coop002

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1979-05-13

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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 13 May. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1979, May 13). 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. May 13, 1979, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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