Interview with Stanley Forman Reed, Jr., May 13, 1981

Project: Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project

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Stanley Reed Jr. begins by talking about his parents' political activities. Stanley Reed Sr. was asked to be on the Federal Farm Board counsel for the Bank of Maysville, the State National Bank, and two other county banks. He also worked with the Burley Tobacco Association. Governor William Fields offered him a position on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, but he declined it. Mrs. Reed was involved with the Al Smith campaign and several local organizations. Reed Jr. goes on to discuss his father's work as Solicitor General, trying New Deal cases before the Supreme Court. He recalls Reed Sr. fainting during one of the cases. Then he describes his father's relationships with Tommy "The Cork" Corcoran and Ben Cohen, who worked with him on the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. Finally, he discusses his father's appointment to the Supreme Court and describes Justice Reed's relationships with William Douglas, Hugo Black, Robert Jackson, Fred Vinson, Harold Burton, Felix Frankfurter, and the law clerks. Other topics mentioned in the interview include civil liberties and civil rights, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Reed Sr.'s farms in Kentucky, his retirement, the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Reed Sr.'s support of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Reed Sr.'s rice diet.

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1981oh065_reed015

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Stanley Forman Reed, Jr.

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Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1981-05-13

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Reed, Stanley Forman, Jr. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 13 May. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Reed, S.F., Jr. (1981, May 13). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Reed, Stanley Forman, Jr., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. May 13, 1981, Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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