Project SummaryA native of Louisville, Thruston Ballard Morton (1907--1979) served in the United States House of Representatives from 1946 to 1952. He managed John Sherman Cooper's successful Senate campaign in 1952 and was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as the assistant secretary of state for congressional relations in 1953. Morton served in this capacity until March 1956, when he was elected to the United States Senate. In 1959, he was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee and served until 1962, when he resigned to devote his full attention to his Senate duties. Morton and his associates and relatives discuss his family history, World War II, John Sherman Cooper, Senate colleagues, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Earle C. Clements, the 1956 and 1962 United States senatorial races, Wilson W. Wyatt Sr., the State Department, the 1960 presidential election, the 1960 Republican National Convention, "modern Republicanism," the 1957 Middle East crisis, private enterprise, the Cuban Missile Crisis, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, the Vietnam War, and urban riots in the 1960s.