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Document Details


Title: Pat M. Holt
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: U.S. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
Collection: Senate Oral History Project
Series: Item 4 of Series Pat M. Holt
Description: A journalist who had reported for various newspapers and for the Congressional Quarterly, Pat Holt joined the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1950. Because of his ability to speak Spanish, he became the committee's specialist in Latin American relations in 1958. Shortly afterwards came Vice President Richard Nixon's ill-fated tour of South America, ending with the storming of his limousine in Venezuela, and then Fidel Castro's revolution in Cuba. Latin American relations assumed an increasingly important position on the committee's agenda. In 1965, suspicions over the Lyndon Johnson administration's version of conditions in the Dominican Republic gave Holt a unique opportunity to examine State Department and CIA records. His findings played a part in Chairman J. William Fulbright's break with the Johnson administration. Holt later served as chief of staff under the chairmanships of Fulbright and John Sparkman.
Extent: 18 pages
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/Holt_interview_4.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: 1950 to 1959
Speaker: Holt, Pat M., 1920-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 5-Sep-1920
Speaker place of birth: Gatesville, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Chief of staff
Age at speaking: 60
Document date: 17-Oct-1980
Interviewer: Ritchie, Donald A.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations
Locations discussed: District of Columbia; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: District of Columbia; Federal government; International relations; Law--United States; Legislative bodies--United States; Legislators--United States; North America; Oral history; Political science--United States; U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations; United States; United States--Officials and employees; United States--Politics and government
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022092-23079