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Marvin Griffin oral history interview, August 21, 1971

Identifier: GriffinM_19710821_P1989-29

Scope and Contents

Interviewed by Jane Herndon. Among topics discussed: How Griffin became E. D. Rivers's executive secretary; Rivers's personality; Rivers as a New Deal advocate; factionalism in Georgia politics; Griffin's 1954 gubernatorial campaign strategy; politics under the county unit system; the popular support for Eugene Talmadge; Ellis Arnall; the political break between Arnall and Rivers in 1946; reasons for Rivers's 1946 gubernatorial bid; the 1946 governor's race; Rivers's entry into politics; Rivers as a politician; Roy Harris; the 1936 governor's race; Lint Miller; Rivers as governor; modern politics; Francis Powers; Bay of Pigs; Jim Gillis; Thomas Camp; the 1936 George‑Talmadge Senate race. Federal intervention in state affairs; Rivers's drinking; Huey Long speaking to the Georgia House of Representatives; James Hamilton Lewis; sales tax; prohibition; school buses; pardons; Carl Sanders; pardons; Griffin's retirement.


  • August 21, 1971


Restrictions on Access

Available in Reading Room and online

Biographical Note

Marvin Griffin (1907-1982) served as Georgia's Adjutant General from 1944‑1948, as lieutenant governor from 1949‑1955, and as governor of Georgia from 1955 to 1959.


2 item(s) (audio (33:59 duration) transcript (35 pages))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

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