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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00:00:50 - Meeting Cooper / Cooper's legacy

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember about when you first had contact with--with John Cooper?

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; Circuit judge; Contribution; Eastern Kentucky; Favorable; Fine; Fortunate; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Generation; Harry Truman; Impressed; Incumbents; John Sherman Cooper; Military service; Outstanding public servants; Phone call; President; Public office; Return; Running mate; Secretary of Kentucky Bar Association; Senate; Senators; Suggestion; Vacancy; Valuable

Subjects: Best; Death; Good; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Kentucky Bar Association; Knowledge; Lawyers; Legacy; Letters; Mail; Military; Politicians; Pulaski County (Ky.); Respect; United States; Washington (D.C.); Wisdom; World War II; Writing

00:06:01 - Cooper's first wife / Cooper in WWII

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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 WWII. 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: Action; Alben Barkley; Code of ethics; Company; Conduct; Democrats; Federal judge; First wife; John Sherman Cooper; Joseph J. Leary; Law partner; Law practice; Leader; Lorraine Cooper; Manner; Military service; No children; Non-participation; Overseas; Political campaigns; Politics; Republicans; Same; Senate; Senators; Served; Stationed; Step-daughter; Tragedies; U.S. Army; Unharmed; Uninterested; Vote getter; Words

Subjects: Career; Death; Divorce; Fort Custer (Mich.); Frankfort (Ky.); Friend; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Lawyers; Marriage; Michigan; Politicians; Reasons; Reputation; Rumors; Time; Unique; Washington (D.C.); World War II

00:11:04 - Cooper's life after WWII / 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 WWII. Rosenstein charts Cooper's political trajectory.

Keywords: Alben Barkley; Albert "Happy" Chandler; Aware; Bachelor; Commissioner of Baseball; Common touch; Court appearances; Defeats; Democratic Party; Democratic president; Democrats; Desire; Earle Clements; Elected; Federal judge; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Governor; Gradual; Harry Truman; House; Idol; John Sherman Cooper; John Y. Brown Sr.; Left; Lorraine Cooper; Lost; Met; National office; Never afraid; Office holding; Party; Peak; Running mate; Senate; Senators; Serve; Special election; Tom Underwood; Victories; Vote; Voted; Voting record; William Natcher; Win

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

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: Accept; Adopted hometown; Alben Barkley; Albert "Happy" Chandler; Announcement; Appoint; Appointment; Arrangements; Assigned; Assistant attorney general; Assumption; Broadcast; Burden; Candidate; Collapsed; Congress; Contact; Date; Declined; Democrats; Desk; Difficult; Driving; Earle Clements; Endorsement; Feelings; Foreign aid; General election; Governor; John Sherman Cooper; Joseph J. Leary; Kentucky Democratic Party; Later; Law practice; Legal advisor; Media; Met; Nameplate; Never held office; News; No agreement; Oath of office; Primary; Problem; Public affairs; Qualifications; Rare; Re-election; Reflection; Relocate; Return; Senate; Senators; Short; Statement; Stay; Support; Tenure; U.S. Ambassador to India; Uninterested; Unsuccessful; Unwilling; West coast; Wife

Subjects: Death; Friend; Health; Housing; India; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Lawyers; Leaders; Lexington (Va.); Politicians; Press; Resignation; Sister; Speculation; Speech; Telephone; Television; Time; Travel; Washington (D.C.)