Interview with Wilson W. Wyatt, January 15, 1987

Project: Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr. Oral History Project

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Wilson Wyatt begins by discussing how Harry Truman's choice of Alben Barkley as his running mate in the 1948 presidential election affected the senatorial race that year. Wyatt discusses Kentucky Governor Lawrence Wetherby (1950-1955) and his predecessor Earle Clements, as well as the limitations of serving in Congress and as a federal judge, in relation to Wyatt's wish not to run for Congress in 1952. He describes his work as chairman of the 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson, and speaks favorably of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who won both elections, while criticizing Vice President Richard Nixon. He discusses Senator Joseph McCarthy in connection with McCarthy's accusation of Wyatt himself. He speaks critically of Happy Chandler during Chandler's second term as Governor of Kentucky (1955-1959), and touches on the 1956 senatorial elections before moving on to discuss at length the 1959 gubernatorial race, in which Wyatt himself was a candidate for the Democratic Party before joining Bert Combs, another Democratic candidate, as Lieutenant Governor in order to defeat the Democratic faction of Harry Waterfield.

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1987oh004_www006

Interviewee Name

Wilson W. Wyatt

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1987-01-15

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Wyatt, Wilson W. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 15 Jan. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wyatt, W.W. (1987, January 15). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr. Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wyatt, Wilson W., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. January 15, 1987, Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr. Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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