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Document Details


Title: Stewart E. McClure
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: U.S. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
Collection: Senate Oral History Project
Series: Item 1 of Series Stuart E. McClure
Description: When the Russians launched Sputnik, Stuart McClure as Chief Clerk of the Committee on Labor, Education and Public Welfare suggested that an education bill currently being considered might stand a better chance of passage if it were packaged as a defense measure. From his memo was born the National Defense Education Act. Having previously served as Administrative Assistant to Senator Guy Gillette (an Iowa Democrat), McClure became Chief of Staff of the Labor Committee in 1955 under the chairmanship of Senator Lister Hill, and again in 1971 under the chairmanship of Senator Harrison Williams. He recounts the avalanche of domestic legislation that the committee handled during the Great Society and offers candid assessments of the internal politics and stresses of committee life during those years.
Extent: 22 pages
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/McClure1.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: 1913 to 1951
Speaker: McClure, Stewart E., 1913-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 11-Mar-1913
Speaker place of birth: Omaha, NE; Nebraska; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Chief clerk
Age at speaking: 69
Document date: 08-Dec-1982
Interviewer: Ritchie, Donald A.
People discussed: Gillette, Guy Mark, 1879-1973; Guy M. Gillette; Guy Mark Gillette
Organizations discussed: Amherst College, Amherst, MA; U.S. Congress. Senate
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: District of Columbia; Europe; France; Nebraska; New York; New York, NY; North America; Omaha, NE; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Amherst College, Amherst, MA; Antisemitism; Biography; District of Columbia; Education; Education, Higher; Europe; Family; France; Gillette, Guy Mark, 1879-1973; Guy M. Gillette; Guy Mark Gillette; Journalism; Nebraska; New York; New York, NY; North America; Omaha, NE; Oral history; Political activists; Political campaigns--United States; Political science--United States; U.S. Congress. Senate; United States; Work; Work environment; World War II, 1939-1945; Writing
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022128-23149