Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Samuel M. Rosenstein, July 29, 1994

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:16 - Meeting John Sherman Cooper / Cooper's legacy

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Partial Transcript: --July 29th, 1994.

Segment Synopsis: Rosenstein recalls how he first met Cooper through their shared profession as attorneys. Rosenstein also reflects upon Cooper's legacy as a Kentucky politician.

Keywords: Alben Barkley; Board of Bar Commissioners; Campaign contributions; Circuit judges; Eastern Kentucky; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Harry Truman; Incumbents; John Sherman Cooper; Military service; Outstanding public servants; Presidents; Public office; Running mates; Secretary of Kentucky Bar Association; Senate; Senators; World War II

Subjects: Kentuckians; Kentucky; Kentucky Bar Association; Lawyers; Legacy; Military; Politicians; Pulaski County (Ky.); Washington (D.C.); World War, 1939-1945

00:06:01 - Cooper's first wife / Cooper in World War II

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Partial Transcript: What was the basis of John Cooper's appeal, do you think?

Segment Synopsis: Rosenstein discusses Cooper's first marriage, which occurred during World War II. Rosenstein also details Cooper's service in World War II, in which he served in the same company as notable Kentucky attorney Joseph J. Leary.

Keywords: Alben Barkley; Code of ethics; Conduct; Democrats; Federal judges; First wife; John Sherman Cooper; Joseph J. Leary; Law partners; Law practice; Leaders; Lorraine Cooper; Military service; Political campaigns; Politics; Republicans; Senate; Senators; Step-daughters; U.S. Army; World War II

Subjects: Careers; Divorce; Fort Custer (Mich.); Frankfort (Ky.); Friends; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Lawyers; Marriage; Michigan; Politicians; Reputation; Rumors; Washington (D.C.); World War, 1939-1945

00:11:04 - Cooper's life after World War II / Cooper's political career

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Partial Transcript: He met while stationed in Missouri. . .

Segment Synopsis: Rosenstein illustrates what Cooper's life was like after World War II. Rosenstein charts Cooper's political trajectory.

Keywords: Alben Barkley; Albert "Happy" Chandler; Commissioner of Baseball; Court appearances; Democratic Party; Democratic presidents; Democrats; Earle Clements; Elections; Federal judges; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Governors; Harry Truman; John Sherman Cooper; John Y. Brown Sr.; Lorraine Cooper; National office; Political parties; Running mates; Senate; Senators; Special elections; Tom Underwood; Votes; Voting records; William Natcher; World War II

Subjects: Business; Citizenship; Divorce; Federal government; Identity; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Missouri; Personality; Politicians; Popularity; Reputation; Voter registration; Washington (D.C.)

00:16:30 - Death of Alben Barkley

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Partial Transcript: After Alben Barkley died...

Segment Synopsis: Rosenstein remembers the chain of events that were triggered by the death of Alben Barkley, focusing on Governor Chandler's selection of Joseph J. Leary as the interim replacement for Barkley in the Senate. Rosenstein talks of Leary's thought process with declining the appointment from Governor Chandler.

Keywords: Alben Barkley; Albert "Happy" Chandler; Assistant attorney generals; Congress; Democrats; Earle Clements; Foreign aid; General elections; Governors; John Sherman Cooper; Joseph J. Leary; Kentucky Democratic Party; Law practice; Legal advisors; Media; News; Political appointments; Political candidates; Political endorsements; Political primaries; Public affairs; Qualifications; Re-election; Senate; Senators; Sisters; U.S. Ambassador to India; Wife

Subjects: Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Death; Friends; Health; India; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Lawyers; Leaders; Leary, Joseph J.; Lexington (Va.); Politicians; Press; Resignation; Speeches; Telephone; Television; Travel; Washington (D.C.)