Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Katharine Graham, June 9, 1995

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:04 - Ed Prichard's role in the Lend-Lease Program

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Partial Transcript: Um, alright, well again I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me, Mrs., uh, Graham.

Segment Synopsis: Katharine Graham briefly mentions whether Ed Prichard was involved with her husband, Philip Graham, in the Lend-Lease Program.

Keywords: 1940s; Ed Prichard; Edward F. Prichard Jr.; Jobs; Lend-Lease Act; Lend-Lease Program; Philip Graham; Roles

Subjects: Politicians; Politics and government; Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).

00:02:06 - Ed Prichard's political attitudes during World War II

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Partial Transcript: Well, how would you describe Mr. Prichard politically?

Segment Synopsis: Graham discusses Ed Prichard and her husband, Philip Graham's political attitudes during World War II, including an explanation on why they may have defended Russia's attack on Finland.

Keywords: "All-outers"; Anti-communist; Arguments; Attitudes; Ed Prichard; Edward F. Prichard Jr.; Felix Frankfurter; Finland; Liberal; New Dealers; Philip Graham; Radical; Russians; WWII; World War II

Subjects: Politicians; Politics and government; Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).; World War, 1939-1945

00:05:11 - Ed Prichard's qualities and personality

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Partial Transcript: Um, you also discussed in your first interview, how should I put it, Prich's irresponsibility at times.

Segment Synopsis: Graham discusses her opinion that Ed Prichard was irresponsible, telling several anecdotes as evidence. She talks about how Prichard's friends helped him and enabled his behavior.

Keywords: Attitudes; Best man; Bill Sheldon; Bills; Death; Ed Prichard; Edward F. Prichard Jr.; Enablers; Friends; Funerals; Irresponsibility; Irresponsible; Meetings; Memorials; Money; Paychecks; Philip Graham; Stories; Traits; Weddings; Work; Worry

Subjects: Politicians; Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).

00:09:18 - Help Ed Prichard received during his trial

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Partial Transcript: Um, I spoke with Sir Isaiah Berlin.

Segment Synopsis: Graham talks more about how Ed Prichard's friends helped him, especially during his trial (in 1948, he was indicted for stuffing 254 votes in a U.S. Senate race).

Keywords: Defense; Ed Prichard; Edward F. Prichard Jr.; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Framed; Friends; Fundraising; Handwriting experts; Help; Isaiah Berlin; Joe Rowe; John Ferguson; Money; New Dealers; Paul Porter; Philip Graham; Trials

Subjects: Elections--Corrupt practices; Political corruption--Kentucky; Politicians; Politics and government; Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).

00:12:03 - Harry S Truman's role in Ed Prichard's trial and pardon

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Partial Transcript: Um, what about the pardon?

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer and Graham discuss President Harry Truman's role in Prichard's trial, including giving his approval to wiretap Prichard's phone, as well as his later pardon of Prichard after the trial.

Keywords: Ed Prichard; Edward F. Prichard Jr.; Harry S Truman; John Sherman Cooper; Pardons; Tommy Corcoran; Transcripts; Virgil Chapman; Wiretapping

Subjects: Elections--Corrupt practices; Political corruption--Kentucky; Politicians; Politics and government; Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).

00:15:32 - More on the help Ed Prichard received during and after his trial

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Partial Transcript: Um, I found--this is an off--

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer talk about letters Graham's father wrote. They talk more about Prichard's friends fundraising for him and the help they gave him while he was in prison.

Keywords: Appeals; Civil rights; Commitment; Correspondence; Democratic conventions; Donations; Donors; Ed Prichard; Edward F. Prichard Jr.; Estrangement; Eugene Meyer; Fathers; Hugh Cox; Irresponsibility; Irresponsible; James Rowe; John Sherman Cooper; Law; Letters; Lyndon Johnson; Mary Bingham; Newspapers; Pardons; Philip Graham; Prison; Relationships; Universal Cigar Lovers Syndicate; Washington Post; Work

Subjects: Elections--Corrupt practices; Political corruption--Kentucky; Politicians; Politics and government; Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).

00:25:32 - More on Ed Prichard's qualities and personality

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Partial Transcript: Um, of all the quotes about Prichard, yours is probably the most singular.

Segment Synopsis: Graham talks more about Prichard's personality and the qualities that made people like him and want to follow him. She talks more about his irresponsibility.

Keywords: Admiration; Attitudes; Drafts; Ed Prichard; Edward F. Prichard Jr.; Felix Frankfurter; Influence; Intelligence; Irresponsibility; Irresponsible; Joe Rowe; Knowledge; L&N Railroad; Leadership; Letters; Memory; Personality; Philip Graham; Presidents; Qualities; Quotes; Spectacular; Writing

Subjects: Politicians; Politics and government; Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).

00:30:49 - Ed Prichard's relationships with his friends from Harvard University

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Partial Transcript: Uh, those are all the questions I had written down that I, I wanted to try and delineate for you.

Segment Synopsis: Graham talks about Prichard's friends from Harvard University, including her husband Philip Graham, and their professor Felix Frankfurter. She talks about the intense debates between the friends. She discusses their reactions to Prichard's trial and conviction. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Arguments; Closeness; Correspondence; Debates; Depression; Dictation; Ed Prichard; Edward F. Prichard Jr.; Felix Frankfurter; Friends; Friendships; Harvard University; Herbert Swope; Joe Rowe; Letters; Philip Graham; Prison; Reactions; Relationships; Sentencing; Supreme Court justices; Trials; Weddings

Subjects: Elections--Corrupt practices; Friendship; Political corruption--Kentucky; Politicians; Politics and government; Prichard, E. F., (Edward Fretwell).