Series II. S. Ernest Vandiver Interviews

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Series II consists of interviews conducted by Harold Paulk (Hal) Henderson, Sr., during his research for Ernest Vandiver, Governor of Georgia (2000). This series contains thirty-one interviews, some in several parts, conducted by Hal Henderson, and one interview conducted by Mel Steeley and Ted Fitzsimmons of West Georgia College documenting the political and personal life of Georgia governor S. Ernest Vandiver, Jr., 1959-1963.

Interviews in this Collection:

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Mel Steeley and Ted Fitzsimmons of West Georgia College. Vandiver discusses his early life, including his rural upbringing, his family history, his childhood, his religious background and education, and the origins of…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Mel Steeley and Ted Fitzsimmons of West Georgia College. Topics include Herman Talmadge, the salary and perks of being governor, Vandiver's management Talmadge’s 1948 campaign for governor, desegregation, selecting…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Mel Steeley and Ted Fitzsimmons of West Georgia College. Topics include the Sibley Commission, a governor’s power in the 1960s, Vandiver's involvement with the completion of the Georgia Archives building, President John…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Mel Steeley and Ted Fitzsimmons of West Georgia College. Topics include Senator Russell’s impact on Ernest Vandiver, Vandiver's life since being governor, religion, unfulfilled political aspirations, and Vandiver's…

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Herman E. Talmadge interviewed by Hal Henderson. Talmadge served as governor of Georgia from 1947 to 1955 and as United States Senator from 1957 to 1981. Topics include the beginnings of his friendship with Ernest Vandiver, Vandiver’s involvement…

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Carl Sanders interviewed by Hal Henderson. Sanders served as governor of Georgia from 1963 to 1967. Topics include the failures and accomplishments of Vandiver’s administrations, Vandiver's “No, not one” segregationist motto, Vandiver’s…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Vandiver discusses his early life, including the influence of his parents on his life, his ancestry, his military service, his wife, and his involvement in the campaigns of 1936 and 1938.

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson.Topics include Vandiver's involvement in gubernatorial and Senate races, Herman Talmadge’s Senate run in 1980, Vandiver's role as aide to Herman Talmadge during 1948 (for 67 days), Roy Harris, Vandiver's…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Vandiver's involvement in Georgia’s legislature in the 1950s, Governor Marvin Griffin, the Rural Roads issue, Vandiver's run for governor of Georgia in 1957 (including his opponent William…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include segregation issue, Carl Sanders' pseudo-run for Senate against Russell, Roy Harris, supporting the Kennedy-Johnson ticket, Martin Luther King, Jr., being put in jail and Vandiver’s…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Vandiver's appointees, the county unit system, Vandiver's proposed run for governor in 1966, Bo Callaway and Lester Maddox’s 1966 fight for governor, mental health program reform (Central…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include the positive and negative aspects of being governor, the work schedule of a governor, Vandiver's relationship with press, the Committee of One Hundred (rapid transit in Atlanta), Vandiver's…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Vandiver's leisure activities while governor, his children and their families, his wife’s role in his political career, and his place in Georgia’s history. Vandiver also discusses his early…

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Ernest Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Vandiver discusses his early life and education, including his high school activities, and his friends from high school, college, and law school. He also talks about members of his administration when he…

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Peter Zack Geer interviewed by Hal Henderson. Geer was Gov. Vandiver's executive secretary (1959-1962) and served as lieutenant governor of Georgia from 1962 to 1966. Topics in this interview include Geer's relationship with Vandiver before becoming…

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Peter Zack Geer interviewed by Hal Henderson. Geer was Gov. Vandiver's executive secretary (1959-1962) and served as lieutenant governor of Georgia from 1962 to 1966. Topics in this interview include Vandiver as politician and his place in Georgia’s…

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Robert A. "Cheney" Griffin interviewed by Hal Henderson. Griffin was the executive aide to his brother, Gov. Marvin Griffin and also served as the mayor of Bainbridge, Ga. In this interview, topics include Griffin's role as aide to his brother…

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Griffin Bell interviewed by Hal Henderson. Bell is a lawyer who served as attorney general of the United States from 1977 to 1979. In this interview, topics include Bell's relationship with Vandiver before he became governor, Vandiver's “No, not one”…

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Ernest Freeman Leverett interviewed by Hal Henderson. Leverett served as assistant attorney general of Georgia from 1955 to 1959. In this interview, topics include Freeman's position in Vandiver’s administration and his relationship with Vandiver,…

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Henry Getzen Neal interviewed by Hal Henderson. Neal was an advisor to Vandiver during his gubernatorial campaign and later served as assistant attorney general under Vandiver (1959-1964). In this interview, topics include Vandiver's lobbying style…

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Henry Getzen Neal interviewed by Hal Henderson. Neal was an advisor to Vandiver during his gubernatorial campaign and later served as assistant attorney general under Vandiver (1959-1964). In this interview, topics include Neal's relationship with…

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Garland Turk Byrd interviewed by Hal Henderson. Byrd served as lieutenant governor of Georgia from 1959 to 1963. In this interview, topics include Byrd's opinion of Vandiver’s overwhelming victory in governor’s race in 1958, interest groups, the…

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Homer Meade Rankin interviewed by Hal Henderson. Rankin was the editor and publisher of the Daily Tifton Gazette (c. 1959-1963) and president of the Georgia Press Association. He also served in the Georgia general assembly in the early 1960s. In this…

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Betty Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Vandiver is the wife of Ernest Vandiver and served as First Lady of Georgia from 1959 to 1963. Topics in this interview include Betty Vandiver's parents and siblings, being in the Russell family,…

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Betty Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Vandiver is the wife of Ernest Vandiver and served as First Lady of Georgia from 1959 to 1963. Topics in this interview include Ernest Vandiver's “No, not one” speech, Senator Russell's support for…

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Betty Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Vandiver is the wife of Ernest Vandiver and served as First Lady of Georgia from 1959 to 1963. Topics in this interview include the Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, desegregation, Gov. Vandiver’s…

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Jane Brevard Vandiver Kidd interviewed by Hal Henderson. Kidd is the daughter of Betty and Ernest Vandiver. She served on the Lavonia City Council, managed Don Johnson's congressional campaign, served in the Georgia general assembly, and served as…

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Vanna Elizabeth "Beth" Vandiver interviewed by Hal Henderson. Vandiver is the daughter of Betty and Ernest Vandiver. She has worked in the Department of Family and Children Services in Atlanta and as a teacher in Franklin County, Ga. In her…

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S.E. "Chip" Vandiver III interviewed by Hal Henderson. Vandiver is the son of Betty and Ernest Vandiver. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jordan and had a private law practice in Lavonia, Ga. In his interview, topics include his…

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S.E. "Chip" Vandiver III interviewed by Hal Henderson. Vandiver is the son of Betty and Ernest Vandiver. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jordan and had a private law practice in Lavonia, Ga. In his interview, topics include being part…

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James Dunlap interviewed by Hal Henderson. Dunlap was a classmate of Ernest Vandiver's at UGA and was a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. In this interview, topics include life at UGA with Vandiver, his role in Vandiver’s…

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William Bowdoin interviewed by Hal Henderson. Bowdoin was president of the Trust Company of Georgia Associates, supervisor of the Purchases Department in the Vandiver administration, and chairman of the state Ports Authority. In this interview,…

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Douglas Embry interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Embry's time as editor of the Georgia Guardsman, Vandiver's accomplishments as adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard (including building armories), Vandiver's work ethic and…

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William Bonner interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Growing up in Lavonia with Ernest Vandiver, Vandiver as a student, and Vandiver’s upbringing and childhood.

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James Owen interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Owen's time at UGA with Vandiver, Vandiver’s run for lieutenant governor in 1954, Vandiver’s run for governor in 1958, Marvin Griffin, and the Sibley Commission.

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James Owen interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Vandiver’s accomplishments, the desegregation of the University of Georgia, and Vandiver’s style and personality.

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George Smith interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Marvin Griffin’s administration, the beginnings of Smith's friendship with Vandiver, Vandiver and the legislature, the Honesty in Government Act, the Sibley Commission, Vandiver’s handling of…

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George Busbee interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include his impression of Marvin Griffin’s administration, the relationship between Griffin and Vandiver, and the Sibley Commission.

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DeNean Stafford interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include meeting Vandiver at UGA, political help in Tifton County for Vandiver in his 1954 lieutenant governor campaign, Vandiver as lieutenant governor, Marvin Griffin, corruption in Griffin’s…

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Robert C. Norman interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Norman's first meeting Vandiver, attending UGA and law school with Vandiver, supporting Vandiver in 1954, the relationship between Marvin Griffin and Ernest Vandiver, the Sibley Commission…

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William L. Lanier interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include meeting Vandiver in 1948, Vandiver's opponents in the 1954 lieutenant governor race, the Griffin administration’s integrity, the 1958 governor’s race, Vandiver's “No, not one” speech, the…

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William L. Lanier interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include the failures of Vandiver’s administration, Vandiver as governor, and Vandiver as aspeaker, steward, and politician.

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David C. Jones interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Jones' first meeting Vandiver, John Greer, Griffin’s administration, the relationship between Griffin and Vandiver, the rural road issue, Vandiver's “No, not one” speech, Vandiver’s…

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Robert H. Hall interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Hall's introduction to Vandiver, the relationship between Marvin Griffin and Vandiver, Vandiver's “No, not one” speech, Vandiver’s administration, corruption in Griffin administration, the…

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Glenn W. Ellard interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Ellard's experience in the state legislature, his impression of various people in Marvin Griffin's administration, Griffin and Vandiver’s fight over the budget, members of Vandiver’s…

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William D. Ballard interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Ballard's impressions of members of Gov. Marvin Griffin's administration (including T.V. "Red" Williams and Roy Chalker), the relationship between Griffin and Vandiver, the rural roads…

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William D. Ballard interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include the county unit system, the accomplishments of Vandiver’s administration, Vandiver as a politician and speaker, Vandiver's personality, Vandiver's withdrawal from the 1966 gubernatorial…

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Robert G. Stephens interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Stephens' experiences in law school with Vandiver, Vandiver’s political rise, members of Griffin’s administration, Vandiver as a politician, Vandiver’s political philosophy, and…

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Louise King Aiken interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include Ernest Vandiver as a schoolchild Vandiver's parents.

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