Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with H. Templeton Brown, May 28, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Friendship with John Sherman Cooper

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with H. Templeton Brown of Chicago, Illinois, a 1923 graduate of Yale University.

Segment Synopsis: Brown discusses his friendship with Cooper over the years, which began while they were students at Yale.

Keywords: Athletics; Basketball; Constituents; Courthouses; Elections; Football; Fraternity; Great Depression; John Sherman Cooper; Judges; Liberal; Politics; Republican Party; The South; Undergraduate education; Voting records

Subjects: Beta Theta Pi; Careers; Centre College (Danville, Ky. : 1918- ); Conservative; Depressions--1929; Education; Friendships; Harvard Law School; Integrity; Kentucky; New Haven (Conn.); Politicians; Somerset (Ky.); Students; Travel; Voting; Washington (D.C.); Yale University

00:04:51 - Yale University today / Cooper as a student

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Partial Transcript: Now did--did you see that--those qualities while he was a student here at Yale as well?

Segment Synopsis: Brown compares how involved students were with politics in the 1920s to the level of interest in the 1980s. Brown considers what Cooper was like academically at Yale.

Keywords: Athletics; International affairs; John Sherman Cooper; Mathematics; Politics; Professors; Science; Student council; Undergraduate education

Subjects: Education; New Haven (Conn.); Politicians; Students; Yale University

00:07:08 - Social life at Yale University

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Partial Transcript: Uh, h--he tells, uh, the story himself about, uh, when he came out for the freshman football squad.

Segment Synopsis: Brown details social life at Yale during the early 1920s.

Keywords: Chaperones; Dances; Eastern schools; Football; John Sherman Cooper; Popularity; Sisters; Strictness; Undergraduate education; Uniforms; Voters; Women

Subjects: Centre College (Danville, Ky. : 1918- ); Education; Kentuckians; Kentucky; New Haven (Conn.); New York (N.Y.); Politicians; Schools; Social life; Students; Women's colleges; Yale University

00:09:31 - Impact of Yale University on Cooper / Cooper's family

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Partial Transcript: Senator Cooper today seems very devoted to Yale.

Segment Synopsis: Brown considers the impact of Yale upon Cooper's life. Brown talks of the connections he has to Cooper's family through knowing one of his brothers and a sister.

Keywords: Alumni; Brothers; Death; Family; Fathers; Finances; John Sherman Cooper; Law practice; Lawyers; Sisters; Undergraduate education

Subjects: Education; Families.; Friendships; Harvard Law School; New Haven (Conn.); New York (N.Y.); Politicians; Somerset (Ky.); Students; Yale University

00:11:49 - Fraternities at Yale University

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Partial Transcript: What--what was the fraternity situation like at that time?

Segment Synopsis: Brown recalls what fraternities were like at Yale in the early 1920s.

Keywords: Brothers; Dormitories; Dorms; Fraternities; John Sherman Cooper; Secret societies; Undergraduate education; World War II

Subjects: Beta Theta Pi; New Haven (Conn.); Politicians; Social life; Students; World War, 1939-1945; Yale Law School; Yale University

00:13:34 - Yale University social structure

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Partial Transcript: Are there any other--other stories about Cooper that you remember about his activities here at Yale?

Segment Synopsis: Brown describes the social structure at Yale in the early 1920s, in which many prep school students already knew each other before arriving at Yale. Brown considers whether this social structure affected Cooper as he did not attend a New England prep school.

Keywords: Basketball; Feeder schools; John Sherman Cooper; Popularity; Prep schools; Preparatory schools; Respect; Stuart Symington; Undergraduate education

Subjects: Boarding schools; High schools; New England; New Haven (Conn.); Phillips Academy; Phillips Exeter Academy; Politicians; Students; Yale University