Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Lawrence W. Hager, November 22, 1974

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Time at Centre College / Vinson's family

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Partial Transcript: --came to Centre to matriculate, and they didn't wanna let him in.

Segment Synopsis: Hager explains how Vinson, his classmate and friend at Centre College was admitted into the college in the early 1900s. Hager also briefly talks of his notion of Vinson as a 'family man.' Then, Hager discusses his time spent with Vinson on the Centre College baseball team.

Keywords: Career; Centre College; College diplomas; Director of Admissions; Fred M. Vinson; Grades; Normal school; Stories; Support; Teammates; Transylvania University; University of Kentucky; Washington (D.C.); Wife

Subjects: Baseball; Education; Friendship; Photographer; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:07:44 - Vinson and the American Legion

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Partial Transcript: After, uh, Mr. Vinson left Centre in 1911, uh, were you all--did you correspond quite regularly...

Segment Synopsis: Hager recalls when Vinson came to Owensboro, Kentucky to speak at an American Legion convention. Hager then speculates upon why Vinson was so supportive of the American Legion, as this was one of the few issues that he did not side with Roosevelt upon while in Congress.

Keywords: Commander; Convention; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Fred M. Vinson; Guest; Owensboro (Ky.); Politics; Positions; U.S. House of Representatives; Vote against

Subjects: American Legion; Legislation; Politicians; Presidents; Speech; Veterans; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:13:11 - 1931 Kentucky Democratic Convention / Vinson's appointment to the Supreme Court / Economy bill

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Partial Transcript: I noticed you had a note written down about, uh, the, the 1931 Nominating Convention--

Segment Synopsis: Hager reflects upon his experience at the 1931 Kentucky Democratic Convention, in which former Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Vinson played a major role. Additionally, Hager considers a historian's perspective on the appointment of Vinson to the Supreme Court. Next, Hager talks of the criticism that Vinson received for not siding with President Roosevelt on a veterans issue.

Keywords: Barry Bingham; Delegation; Democratic Party; Eastern Kentucky; Economy Bill; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Fred M. Vinson; Happy Chandler; J. Dan Talbott; Kentucky; Lieutenant governor; Louisville-Courier Journal; M.M. Logan; Mildred Chandler; Nominating Convention; Nominees; Podium; Roll call; Supreme Court; Virgil Chapman

Subjects: Friend; Historians; Meeting; Politicians; Speech; Veterans; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:22:46 - Sam Rayburn / Personal papers

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned w--uh, Sam Rayburn and, uh--

Segment Synopsis: Hager recalls a visit to Washington, D.C. following the death of Fred Vinson, in which he attended the birthday party of Sam Rayburn with Vinson's widow, Roberta. Hager then briefly discusses the possibility of preserving his papers at the University of Kentucky.

Keywords: Birthday party; Campaign Chairman; Congressmen; Conversations; Election; Entertaining; Fred M. Vinson; Friends; Louisville (Ky.); Papers; Roberta Vinson; Sam Rayburn; Senator; Struggles; Texas; University of Kentucky; Visit; Washington (D.C.); William Duffy

Subjects: Advertisers; Baseball; Birthdays; Death; Letters; Meeting; Picture; Pictures; Politicians; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953; Writing