Interview with Joseph E. Lambert, James Lambert, March 22, 1994

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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James and Joseph Lambert, friends of Cooper in Rockcastle County, begin the interview by describing Cooper as a circuit judge. James Lambert, an attorney, recalls working with Cooper on cases in the 1930s and 1940s. Cooper's uncle Roscoe Tartar, who was also a judge, is described. Cooper's 1946 Senatorial campaign is explored. James Lambert discusses the impact of Cooper's divorce upon his political career. Additionally, James and Joseph Lambert describe the pressure from Kentucky Republicans on Cooper to run for governor. Lorraine Cooper is discussed. James and Joseph Lambert remember when Cooper began to use his first and middle name (John Sherman) rather than just John. James Lambert recalls what people in Rockcastle County thought of Cooper when he was circuit judge. The Lamberts also consider Cooper's political philosophy. Cooper's support of Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election is evaluated. Joseph Lambert provides an overview of his time spent working in Senator Cooper's Washington D.C. office in the early 1970s. Lambert also talks of some of his colleagues in the office and their job responsibilities. Joseph Lambert recalls his decision to quit his job in Senator Cooper's office and enroll in law school. James and Joseph Lambert discuss their trip to visit Ambassador Cooper in East Germany. Joseph Lambert highlights Cooper's methods of going through constituent mail. Joseph Lambert illustrates his level of contact with Cooper after he stopped working in his office. Joseph Lambert assesses how Cooper helped in establishing his political career. Cooper's tendency to have a formulated answer to certain big foreign policy questions is detailed. James and Joseph Lambert consider Cooper's political legacy for Kentucky Republicans. To conclude the interview, Joseph Lambert characterizes Cooper's overall relationship with his constituents.

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1994oh033_coop098

Interviewee Name

Joseph E. Lambert

James Lambert

Interviewer Name

Harry Merritt

Interview Date

1994-03-22

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Lambert, Joseph E. Interview by Harry Merritt. 22 Mar. 1994. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Lambert, J.E. (1994, March 22). Interview by H. Merritt. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Lambert, Joseph E., interview by Harry Merritt. March 22, 1994, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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