Interview with Frederick Moore Vinson, Jr., May 22, 1973
Project: Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project
Interview SummaryFred Vinson, Jr. starts off this interview with his earliest recollections of his father and their mutual love of baseball. Fred Vinson, Sr.'s baseball career is touched upon. There is some discussion of his relationship with his wife, Roberta, and an anecdote of her campaigning with him in Kentucky. The forces that shaped Vinson's political philosophy are looked at as well as some of the legislation associated with Vinson (social security, veterans' pensions). His ongoing association with Sam Rayburn is discussed as is his relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt. Vinson talks about his father's work in the Office of Economic Stabilization, the Office of Price Administration, the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, and the post-war reconstruction effort in Europe. He mentions his father's views of Communist Russia and our policy toward China, and his father declining a trip to Russia in 1948. Fred Vinson, Sr.'s relationship with Harry Truman is touched on, especially in regards to Vinson as a potential presidential candidate in 1952. The qualities and attributes Vinson brought to the Supreme Court are reviewed. Vinson, Jr. explains the "Vinson Club", the "only chief justice that a club was organized around." Vinson, Jr. is asked to characterize his father's judicial philosophy which leads to discussion of Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer. His father's stand on civil rights cases (for example Sweatt v. Painter, Shelley v. Kraemer) is discussed. Vinson, Sr.'s love of cards is recalled as well as some of his friendships. Fred Vinson, Jr. talks about living as the child of a "famous American" and his father's influence on his son.
Interview LC SubjectLaw and legislation Politicians Life Work World War, 1939-1945 Depressions--1929
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Vinson, Frederick Moore, Jr. Interview by Charles Atcher. 22 May. 1973. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Vinson, F.M., Jr. (1973, May 22). Interview by C. Atcher. Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Vinson, Frederick Moore, Jr., interview by Charles Atcher. May 22, 1973, Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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