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00:00:03 - Creasey's time as Mayor

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Mr. Fred Creasey, for the Earle C. Clements Oral History Project of the University of Kentucky Library.

Segment Synopsis: Creasey begins the interview listing his accomplishments and time as Mayor of Seabury, Kentucky.

Keywords: Parks; Paving; Streetlights; Streets

Subjects: Mayors--Kentucky; Public works; Seabury (Ky.)

00:05:11 - Meeting Earle Clements through Garrett Withers

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Partial Transcript: Of course your involvement with political figures and people in public office goes back to the, when you first came to Seabury, I think, is, I think y-you mentioned before we started the interview that, perhaps, that was about the time that you first met Earle Clements. Is that, is that right?

Segment Synopsis: Creasey tells about how he met Clements through their mutual friend Garrett Withers. He then speculates on potential candidates in the 1943 gubernatorial campaign.

Keywords: Congressmen; County clerks; County judges; Garrett Withers; Harry Lee Waterfield; Highway commissioners; Lawrence Wetherby; Relationships; Seabury (Ky.); Strategy

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Kentucky

00:11:13 - Democratic factions

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Partial Transcript: Many people supported Lyter Donaldson, uh, with the understanding that they thought that he would lose.

Segment Synopsis: Creasey describes the factions within the Democratic party in Kentucky at that time (before the Chandler/Clements split), and Clements' leadership in the State Senate as Majority Leader. He also names the trucker bill as an important piece of legislation that Clements helped pass during his tenure.

Keywords: Democratic Party; Democratic factions; Democrats; Economics; Leadership; Legislation; Lyter Donaldson; Majority Leaders; Railroads; Scoop Sherwood; Senators; State Senate; Tom Ray; Trucking bill

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Kentucky. General Assembly. Senate

00:16:48 - Clements running for Congress

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Partial Transcript: Of course, uh, when you look at the newspapers of that period, of course, you were involved in it personally, the Democrats who are always charging things against the Republican administration and against Willis...

Segment Synopsis: Creasey speaks highly of Clements' relationships with, and respect for, his opposing politicians. They then discuss Clements' run for U.S House of Representatives, his decision to leave the Kentucky General Assembly, and the effect of the Democratic factions on that election.

Keywords: Beverly Vincent; Congressmen; Democratic factions; Democrats; General Assembly; Governors; Leadership; Majority Leaders; Professional relationships; Republicans; Simeon Willis; U.S. Congress

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Kentucky. General Assembly. Senate; United States. Congress. House

00:24:24 - Scoop Sherwood

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Partial Transcript: I wanted to ask you, too: Of course this was during the war, and, and emotions ran high about war issues and, uh, uh, Vincent was in Washington serving on the Naval Affairs Committee, I believe, and, uh, I think when Clements announced, you know, he mentioned that he was busy taking care of this, and how could he come home and, and run a campaign? Uh, wasn't, didn't this bother Clements a little, the fact that he was a, you know, this, a whole war, war, uh, opinion? You know, the opinion of people about what's going on in terms of the war?

Segment Synopsis: After a quick exchange about the effect of wartime sensibilities on the Congressional campaign, Creasey talks about Clements' friendship with Scoop Sherwood of the Courier-Journal newspaper.

Keywords: Campaigning; Journalists; Naval Affairs Committee; Politics; Public opinion; Scoop Sherwood; University of Kentucky; Veterans; Wars

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Political campaigns

00:29:23 - 1947 gubernatorial campaign

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Partial Transcript: Of course after, uh, Congressman Vincent withdrew from the race, it was sort of a fait accompli that Clements was gonna be elected in November.

Segment Synopsis: After briefly talking about Clements' move to Washington, they begin discussing Clements' 1947 gubernatorial campaign, and Creasey recalls knowing Harry Lee Waterfield in school.

[From this segment until the end of the interview, the audio begins to waver in volume.]

Keywords: Congressmen; Cooperation; Football; Garrett Withers; Governors; Happy Chandler; Harry Lee Waterfield; Political campaigns; Relationships; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Kentucky. Governor (1947-1950 : Clements); Political campaigns--1947

00:39:32 - 1950 Senatorial campaign / Clements' character

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Partial Transcript: Did, uh, Senator Withers ever mention to you the fact that he and Clements had an understanding that in 1950 he would give up his seat and then allow Clements to, to run?

Segment Synopsis: Creasey talks about Clements' 1950 run for U.S. Congress. He makes the interesting point that some of Clements' greatest contributions weren't necessarily accomplishments, but "opening the door" for future progressive legislation. They then discuss Clements' character, such as his reputation for caution and how he got things done.

[Through the end of the interview, the audio wavers in volume.]

Keywords: Accomplishments; Garrett Withers; Legislation; Management styles; Organization; Personalities; Political campaigns; Progressives; Senate

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985

00:44:35 - 1956 Senatorial campaign for re-election

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that's the reason he could get things that had the potential for being very con, controversial like the Day Law in, in, in 1948 and 1950, uh, because he kept a low profile on those types of things?

Segment Synopsis: Creasey gives answers regarding Clements' involvement with the Day Law, and discusses Clements' infamous 1956 defeat in his Senatorial campaign for re-election.

[Through the end of the interview, the audio wavers in volume.]

Keywords: African Americans; Day Law; Lyndon Johnson; Political campaigns; Political defeat; Politics; Segregation

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Political campaigns--1956

00:48:28 - Political philosophy

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Partial Transcript: Of course, he had the problems in the Combs administration and left the administration, and then in the '63 campaign he was actually a supporter of Chandler over Breathitt. Uh, uh, were you surprised that he could support Chandler in a primary campaign--

Segment Synopsis: Creasey describes Clements as a "conservative liberal," and offers some closing comments about Clements.

[Through the end of the interview, the audio wavers in volume.]

Keywords: Football; Ideologies; Modesty; Philosophy; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Political concepts and ideologies