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S. Ernest Vandiver oral history interviews, March 20 and July 28, 1986

Identifier: VandiverSE_19860324_P1986-02

Scope and Contents of the Series

From the Series: Interviews in this series are with former governors of Georgia. Most of the interviews were conducted by the Georgia Government Documentation Project between 1986 and 1988, in the aftermath of a November 1985 conference on Georgia's governors sponsored by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, and featuring four of the state's then seven living governors. Papers presented at this conference were later included in Harold P. Henderson and Gary W. Roberts, eds., Georgia Governors in an Age of Change (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1988). Interviews with former governors Marvin Griffin and M.E. Thompson were conducted by Gene Gabriel Moore in 1976 for Georgia Public Television and were aired at the time of their death. The original interviews are part of the Georgia Public Television Collection of the Georgia Government Documentation Project. Most of these interviews are biographical in nature, covering the narrator's background, entry into politics, and career before and after becoming governor, in addition to the narrator's gubernatorial career. One interview with Ernest Vandiver, conducted by Cliff Kuhn, focuses on the October 1960 arrest of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent involvement of John and Robert Kennedy in the matter. Another interview with Carl Sanders discusses the gubernatorial race between Sanders and Jimmy Carter.


  • March 20 and July 28, 1986


Restrictions on Access

Available in Reading Room only

Biographical Note

S. Ernest Vandiver (1918-2005) served as lieutenant governor from 1955 to 1959 and as governor of Georgia from 1959 to 1963. He unsuccessfullly ran for US Senate, losing to Sam Nunn in 1972.


2 item(s) (audio (3:09:46 duration) transcript (62 pages))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Related Materials

Interviewed by Cliff Kuhn. Among topics discussed: Childhood; Camp Dixie for Boys; appointment to Adjutant General; 1954 lieutenant governor's campaign; John Greer; Bill Dean; Billy Barrett; Rural Roads Program; Koinonia farm; 1958 governor's race; Bill Bodenhammer; Red Williams; "No not one" pledge; antiā€‘corruption measures; Billy Bowden; Dixon Oxford; Jim Gillis; Charles Collier; George Hearn; Ray Shirley; Bob Jordan; George L. Smith; Frank Twitty; Carl Sanders; relationship with state legislature and federal judiciary; Southern Democrats for Kennedy; Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1960 arrest and release; integration of University of Georgia; Sibley Commission; Garland Byrd; Marvin Griffin; Senator Richard Russell; thoughts about entering 1966 governor's race.

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