Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jane Roseberry Tolleson, August 4, 1994

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:06 - Personal background / Work in Cooper's office

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Partial Transcript: The date is August the--uh--4th, 1994.

Segment Synopsis: Tolleson discusses her educational and professional background. Tolleson also details her work as a receptionist in Senator Cooper's Washington D.C. office during the early 1950s.

Keywords: Birth control; Budgets; Democrats; Dwight Eisenhower; Eisenhower for Virginia; Integrity; John Sherman Cooper; Law schools; Margaret Sanger; Night schools; Political candidates; Receptionists; Summer jobs

Subjects: Bourbon County (Ky.); Georgetown University; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Office management; Politicians; Staff; Sweet Briar College; University of Virginia; Washington (D.C.); Yale University

00:04:56 - Job responsibilities / Cooper as a Senator

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Partial Transcript: He--the idea for me and for any other receptionist there. . .

Segment Synopsis: Tolleson lists some of the job responsibilities she had as a receptionist in Senator Cooper's office. Tolleson describes how friendly Cooper was toward constituents despite being so busy.

Keywords: Aides; Constituents; Control; County judges; Debates; Democrats; Dwight Eisenhower; Friends; John Sherman Cooper; Kentucky Republicans; Lorraine Cooper; Patronage; Post Office; Republican presidents; Republicans; Richard Nixon; Senate; Senate Printing and Document Services; Senate floor; Senators; U.S. Army; World War II; Young Republicans

Subjects: Cerebral palsy; International relations; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Lexington (Ky.); Louisville (Ky.); Office management; Politicians; Receptionists; Somerset (Ky.); Staff; Washington (D.C.); World War, 1939-1945

00:14:08 - Staff / 1954 Senatorial campaign

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Partial Transcript: How big a staff was there, in those days?

Segment Synopsis: Tolleson talks of the staff members in Senator Cooper's Washington D.C. office in the early 1950s. Tolleson describes her role in Cooper's 1954 Senatorial campaign.

Keywords: Administrative assistants; Alben Barkley; Constituents; Control; Democrats; Elections; Family; Farmers; John Sherman Cooper; Mail; Polls; Press coverage; Senate; Senate Printing and Document Services; Senators; Universities; Youth for Eisenhower

Subjects: Editorials; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Marriage; New York; Newspapers; Office management; Paris (Kentucky); Politicians; Staff; Travel; United States. Department of Agriculture; Washington (D.C.)

00:18:23 - Wedding / Cooper's last years

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Partial Transcript: . . .And I was married the 13th of November.

Segment Synopsis: Tolleson recalls when Cooper and his brother attended her wedding in the early 1950s. Tolleson details Cooper's last years.

Keywords: Bipartisanship; Brothers; Caribbean; Charles Bartlett; Elections; John F. Kennedy; John Sherman Cooper; Lorraine Cooper; Loyalty; Richard Cooper

Subjects: Bourbon County (Ky.); Charlottesville (Va.); Kentuckians; Kentucky; Marriage; Politicians; Washington (D.C.); Wedding

00:20:48 - Lorraine Cooper

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Partial Transcript: Did you--uh--get to know her at all when you worked in the office?

Segment Synopsis: Tolleson considers her impressions of Lorraine Cooper.

Keywords: Achievements; Finances; John Sherman Cooper; Lorraine Cooper; Politicians' spouses; Politics; Resources

Subjects: Careers; Politicians; Speeches; Washington (D.C.)

00:22:56 - Contact with Cooper / Cooper's legacy

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Partial Transcript: Did you have much--uh--contact with him over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Tolleson discusses how much contact she has had with Cooper throughout the years. Tolleson considers Cooper's overall political legacy.

Keywords: Boarding schools; Brothers; Children; Cousins; Democrats; Ed Prichard; Fame; Fathers; Friends; Godfathers; John Sherman Cooper; Public office; Republicans; Reputation; Richard Cooper; Senate floor; Sons; William Fulbright; Wilson Wyatt

Subjects: Keeneland (Ky.); Kentuckians; Kentucky; Legacy; Politicians; Washington (D.C.)