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OH190a Alben W. Barkley Oral History - Series 1

Alben W. Barkley Oral History (Series 1)

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Politics and Government

Series Number: OH190 (Series 1 – Campaign Speeches)

Interviewee: Barkley, Alben William

Interviewer: Speech

Date interviewed: June 24, 1936, July 12, 1948, November 3, 1948, and August 1955

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in October and November 2012.

Date processed: November 13, 2012

Description: 6 sound discs (3 hours, 11 minutes)

Abstract: Series consists of speeches made by Alben William Barkley during state and national political campaigns from 1936 to 1948. Included in the series are keynote speeches made before the 1936 and 1948 Democratic National Conventions, a speech at Paducah, Kentucky in 1948 following his election as Vice-President and a radio address during the Kentucky gubernatorial race in 1955 for Bert Combs.

Biographical / Historical note: Alben William Barkley was a United States Representative, Senator and Vice President. He was born near Lowes, Graves County, Kentucky on November 24, 1877. He attended public schools and graduated from Marvin College in Clinton, Kentucky. He later attended Emory College and the University of Virginia where he received a degree in law. He began the practice of law in Paducah in 1901. He was elected county prosecutor for McCracken County in 1905 and judge of the county court in 1909. In 1913, he won a seat in the United States House of Representatives and was reelected six successive times. Barkley was elected to the United States Senate in 1926 and held that office until he was elected Vice President under Harry S. Truman in 1948. After a single term as Vice President he returned to the Senate where he served until his death on April 30, 1956.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.

Vice-Presidents – United States.

Politicians – Kentucky.

Legislators – United States.

Kentucky – Politics and government.

United States – Politics and government.