Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Althea Swinford Hutton, March 28, 1975

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:04 - Connection to the Vinson family

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Partial Transcript: I had the pleasure of knowing his family.

Segment Synopsis: Hutton talks about her connection with the Vinson family through her husband's work. She also discusses the influence Mrs. Vinson had on her son Fred Vinson.

Keywords: Heirs; Husbands; Mothers

Subjects: Vinson family.; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:06:56 - Political bosses and Vinson's campaign

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall some of the political bosses that you mentioned here in Cynthiana?

Segment Synopsis: Hutton briefly talks about the political leaders in Kentucky. She then goes on to discuss Vinson's first political campaign.

Keywords: Jim Rees; John Landrum; Mac Swinford; Strategy

Subjects: Vinson family.; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:08:45 - Vinson's political ties

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Partial Transcript: And then, um, uh, Mr. Vinson, when he got to Washington of course he took hold right away.

Segment Synopsis: Hutton talks about the political ties Vinson had in Washington, D.C. and how those ties impacted his career.

Keywords: Campaigns; Socializing; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956; Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; Vinson family.; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:12:47 - Vinson losing the election in 1928

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Partial Transcript: Well after the nineteen--going back to the 1928 election--

Segment Synopsis: Hutton talks about the 1928 election that Vinson lost, explains why he lost the election and talks about Vinson's return to Kentucky.

Keywords: Campaigns; Defeated; Ends; Party

Subjects: Elections; Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944; Vinson family.; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:16:57 - Vinson's campaign style / Vinson's political posts in Washington

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Partial Transcript: Did you notice a change in his campaign style over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Hutton briefly discusses Vinson's campaign style and says that it became easier for him once he was established as a politician. She also describes some of his political posts in Washington, D.C.

Keywords: Districts

Subjects: Congress; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953; World War, 1939-1945

00:20:05 - Kentucky politics

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Partial Transcript: Right. Did Mr. Vinson ever discuss with you and your husband Kentucky politics, and his relationship with people like Governor Chandler and John Y. Brown?

Segment Synopsis: Hutton discusses Vinson's role in Kentucky politics and the ties he had in Kentucky.

Keywords: Al Smith; Governor Fields

Subjects: Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Congress; Elections; Governor; Governors; Governors--Kentucky; Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953; Washington (D.C.)

00:23:28 - Vinson as a politician

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Partial Transcript: There wasn't ever any break between you, your husband and Mr. Vinson--

Segment Synopsis: Hutton describes Vinson's political career and what she thought of him as a politician. She briefly discusses Vinson's connections in Washington, D.C.

Keywords: Close; Hard; Kentuckians

Subjects: Centre College (Danville, Ky.); Congress; Politics and government; Vinson family.; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953