Interview with John Sherman Cooper, April 26, 1980

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Cooper denies rumors of his consideration of running for governor of KY in 1951 and he also discusses rumors of his potential appointments to the Supreme Court by Presidents Truman and Johnson. His work with the Truman administration gave Cooper some difficulty in dealing with the Republican party during the campaign for the Senate in 1952. Partisan politics were always an issue for JSC despite his independence from party affiliation when making decisions and voting on issues. JSC discusses Senator JFK's position on the Tidelands Oil bill in 1953, the Republicans attempt to block the appointment of Charles Bohlen as ambassador to Russia in the same year, and the 1953-1954 Congressional debate on the Bricker Amendment.

1950-- Charles I. Dawson-- Cooper and gubernatorial campaign of 1951-- presidential campaign of 1947-- Cooper's first meeting with Louie Nunn-- Congressman Virgil Chapman-- rumors in 1951 and 1954 that Cooper would be named to the Supreme Court-- Truman's appointments to Supreme Court-- Abe Fortas' nomination to Supreme Court controversy-- Cooper's position on Truman's authority to commit troops to Europe-- Truman's firing of General Douglas MacArthur 1952 senatorial campaign against Tom Underwood 1952 Republican National Convention and Cooper's decision to support Dwight Eisenhower-- Earle C. Clements and the 1952 senatorial campaign-- Cooper's relationship with Barry Bingham-- Senator Wayne Morse-- Hyman Rickover controversy 1953 Tidelands Oil Bill-- Senator John F. Kennedy-- Charles Bohlen nomination as ambassador-- Bricker Amendment.

Interview Accession

1980oh063_coop019

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1980-04-26

Interview Rights

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Interview Usage

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Restriction

No Restrictions

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Add this interview to your cart in order to begin the process of requesting access to a copy of and/or permission to reproduce interview(s). 


Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 26 Apr. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1980, April 26). 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. April 26, 1980, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





Persistent Link for this Record: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/ark:/16417/xt7hmg7ftq8d