Transcript
Toggle Index/Transcript View Switch.
Index
Search this Index
X
00:00:06 - Childhood and earliest impressions of his father

Play segment

Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Stanley Reed, Jr. for the Stanley Reed Oral History Project.

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his earliest memories of his father, Stanley Reed Sr., from his childhood. He describes his hometown, Maysville, Kentucky. He talks about his father's first dealings in politics as well as his various business ventures, including farms. He also talks about his mother's involvement in politics and various organizations.

Keywords: Agriculture; Ashland (Ky.); Daughters of the Revolution; Family; Farms; Governor Al Smith; Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Maysville (Ky.); Politics; Vice President Alben Barkley; Winifred Reed

Subjects: Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956; Childhood; Elections; Families.; Politics; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944; Women in politics

00:17:40 - Father's appointment to the Federal Farm Board

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Of course, your father, as you said, went to Washington with the Federal Farm Board in 1929.

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's appointment to the Federal Farm Board in Washington, D.C. in 1929.
He says that his father originally planned to serve for a year or two. He describes how he was at prep school at Taft School in Connecticut while his father was away.

Keywords: Federal Farm Board; Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Taft School; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Democratic Party (U.S.); Politics; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)

00:20:29 - Time at Yale University / Father's time as Solicitor General

Play segment

Partial Transcript: In reading the, uh, interview with your father that Columbia did, it seemed that he, uh, had some definite ideas about public service.

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's opinions on public service. He also talks about his own time studying at Yale in 1931. He says that his parents pushed him and his brother to become lawyers. He talks about seeing his parents in Washington while he was at Yale. He also talks about getting his law degree while he was at Yale while his father was Solicitor General, during which he argued for New Deal policy.

Keywords: Justice Felix Frankfurter; Justice Frankfurter; Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; New Deal; Politics; Public service; Solicitor General; Supreme Court; Yale University

Subjects: Education; Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.; New Deal, 1933-1939; Politics; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; United States. Supreme Court.

00:31:50 - Father's appointment to the Supreme Court

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Of course, the same--at the same year you received your law degree, he was appointed to the Supreme Court. Did this have any effect on your career plans?

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's appointment to the Supreme Court in 1938 by President Roosevelt. He describes how he was graduating from law school at the same time. He discusses what his father might have done had he not become a Supreme Court Justice. He says that he may have gone to a New York law firm, become the Attorney General, or tried to be elected governor of Kentucky. He also describes his father's thoughts regarding the relationship between the Supreme Court and President Roosevelt.

Keywords: Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Kentucky; Maysville (Ky.); Politics; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; President Franklin Roosevelt; President Roosevelt; Supreme Court; Yale University

Subjects: Governors--Kentucky; Kentucky--Politics and government; Politicians--Kentucky; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.; United States. Supreme Court.

00:42:14 - Thoughts on his father's personality

Play segment

Partial Transcript: I was wondering if you could say something about his personality at this point in his life, that, uh--what was it about him that, that enabled him to, to do this?

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his thoughts on his father's personality and characteristics. He says that he had many connections and was a friend to many people in Washington. He says that his father's career in Washington was more of that as a lawyer rather than a politician. He says that Reed was very quiet and refrained from speaking ill of anyone. He says that he was always charming and hospitable.

Keywords: Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Politics; Stanley Reed; Supreme Court; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Politics; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; United States. Supreme Court.; Washington (D.C.)

00:50:14 - Father's attitude toward becoming a Supreme Court Justice

Play segment

Partial Transcript: We--as you well know, your father had been a successful lawyer at the time he was appointed to the Court, yet he had never received a formal law degree and had never served as a judge.

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's thoughts and feelings as he transitioned to being a Supreme Court Justice. He says that the fact that he did not have a law degree or experience as a judge did not discourage him. He says that he does not think that his father had any trouble adjusting to the demands or pressures of the job. He also discusses his father's thoughts on the relationship between the Supreme Court and President Roosevelt.

Keywords: Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; President Roosevelt; Supreme Court; Supreme Court Justices; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Practice of Law; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.; United States. Supreme Court.; Washington (D.C.)

01:01:56 - Father's legal philosophy

Play segment

Partial Transcript: It's interesting, uh, looking at your father's career on the Court, uh, a lot has been written about the Roosevelt--the so-called "Roosevelt Court"...

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's legal philosophy while he was on the Supreme Court. He says that his father would have felt that he stayed the same in his views over time.

Keywords: Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; President Roosevelt; Supreme Court; Supreme Court Justices; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Practice of Law; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.; United States. Supreme Court.; Washington (D.C.)

01:05:11 - Father's friends and colleagues

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Did you ever--did your father--since, uh, Frankfurter was a professor of yours and, and, and then a colleague of your father's, did, did your father ever talk with you about his, uh, attitude toward Justice Frankfurter?

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's relationship with Justice Felix Frankfurter. He says that they were not intimate outside of the court. He also discusses his father's personal friends. He says that he does not think that his father had any close and truly intimate friends.

Keywords: Justice Felix Frankfurter; Justice Frankfurter; Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Supreme Court; Supreme Court Justices; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.; Politics; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; United States. Supreme Court.; Washington (D.C.)

01:08:03 - Father's relationship with Fred Vinson

Play segment

Partial Transcript: I wanted to talk, uh, a minute about his relationship with Vinson.

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's relationship with Fred Vinson. He says that his father had known Vinson for many years and thought highly of him. He says that his father would have liked to become Chief Justice but he did not expect to be disappointed. He also discusses his father's views on Vinson's relationship with President Truman.

Keywords: Justice Fred Vinson; Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Justice Vinson; President Harry S. Truman; President Truman; Supreme Court; Supreme Court Justices; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Practice of Law; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; United States. Supreme Court.; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953; Washington (D.C.)

01:15:14 - Thoughts on his father's criticism

Play segment

Partial Transcript: This next question might be a little difficult, I suppose, but, uh, a person like yourself, whose father has been in public life all their career...

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's legal philosophies as well as the criticism he received for his decisions on civil rights issues. He says that he never discussed his father's political philosophies with him. He says that he always felt that his father's decisions were practical and logical. He also discusses his father's views on judicial restraint.

Keywords: Civil rights; Judicial restraint; Justice Fred Vinson; Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Justice Vinson; Legal philosophy; Supreme Court; Supreme Court Justices; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Practice of Law; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; United States. Supreme Court.; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953; Washington (D.C.)

01:21:42 - Father's hobbies and activities

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Besides, uh, his activities on the Court, what did your father like to do?

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's hobbies and activities. He says that he enjoyed farming and keeping up with farms. He says that he didn't have many other activities. He says that he played golf, although he was fairly bad. He says that he also liked to read.

Keywords: Agriculture; Burning Tree Club; Farms; Golf; Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed

Subjects: Agriculture; Farms; Golf; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.

01:24:56 - Father's retirement

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Did your father talk to you about retiring in, in '57?

Segment Synopsis: Reed discusses his father's retirement. He says that his father wanted to retire when a Democrat was president, but when Eisenhower was reelected he felt that he should retire regardless. He says that his father did not want to be a burden on the court and that he felt that he could not do his job to his highest level. He also discusses his father's health issues and how they affected him. He describes how he went on a rice diet and how it improved his health. He also describes how his father remained active in the legal community.

Keywords: Circuit Court of Appeals; Court of Claims; Health; Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Retirement; Rice diets; Supreme Court; Supreme Court Justices; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Politics; Practice of Law; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; United States. Supreme Court.; Washington (D.C.)

01:32:17 - Final remarks

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Well, that's about, uh, uh, all I have.

Segment Synopsis: Reed makes his final remarks about his father. He discusses his father's intellectual capabilities as well as his style of court opinions.

Keywords: Justice Reed; Justice Stanley Reed; Supreme Court; Supreme Court Justices; Supreme Court opinions

Subjects: Practice of Law; Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.; United. States. Supreme. Court