Interview with James W. Martin, February 4, 1981

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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In this interview with James W. Martin, former director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Kentucky, Martin discusses becoming the chairman of the National Association of Tax Assessors in 1935, and talks about the work done by the organization members. He talks about property taxes and the report he wrote detailing the problems he found in the Kentucky property tax system. He talks about unusual properties he has conducted appraisals for, including Mammoth Cave and Cumberland Falls. He discusses an investigation he conducted in which he audited Kentucky county court clerks, one of whom was keeping funds from car registrations. He talks about Kentucky's tax rates and the statements he made concerning certain manufacturers being given tax exemptions.

Martin also discusses the effects of World War II on both the economy and on the University of Kentucky. He talks about his views on wartime economics. He talks about working for various agencies within the federal government during World War II, including the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Congress, the House of Representatives, the Army, and the Census Bureau.

Martin discusses working with Governor Simeon Willis, and discusses the issues caused by Willis' philosophy on government. He talks about working on the State Personnel Committee until political differences caused him to resign. He talks about working with Governor Happy Chandler as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue, and discusses Chandler's plans for Martin's replacement when he resigned.

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1981oh015_af122

Interviewee Name

James W. Martin

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1981-02-04

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Martin, James W. Interview by William J. Marshall. 04 Feb. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Martin, J.W. (1981, February 04). Interview by W. J. Marshall. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Martin, James W., interview by William J. Marshall. February 04, 1981, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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