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Collection Details


Collection Name: Thruston B. Morton Oral History
Repository Name: University of Kentucky, Lexington. King Library. Special Collections. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
URL: http://kdl.kyvl.org/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=oralhist&tpl=kukohtbm.tpl
Material Formats: [4 documents with text]
Dates Spanned: 1974-1977
Description: U. S. Senator. Thruston and his younger brother Rogers, an important politician in his own right, came from a prominent Louisville family which descended from George Rogers Clark, William Clark, and Rogers Clark Ballard. Thruston Morton graduated from Yale University, worked in the family grain and milling business, Ballard and Ballard, and went into the Navy during World War II. After the war he ran for Congress as a Republican and won. He served in the House for six years. In 1952 he successfully managed the campaign of John Sherman Cooper for the Senate. In January of 1953 President Eisenhower appointed him Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations, a post he held for three years. He obtained a Senate seat in 1956. While a Senator, Morton was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee, serving from 1959 to 1962.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 56
Interviews: [4 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: U.S. Politics; Politics
ASP Subjects: History; Kentucky; Oral history; Politicians; United States; United States--Politics and government
Collection Code: OHC0000390