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Document Details


Title: Floyd M. Riddick
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: U.S. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
Collection: Senate Oral History Project
Series: Item 4 of Series Floyd M. Riddick
Description: While researching his doctoral dissertation on congressional procedure in 1935, Floyd Riddick spent a year observing the workings of the House of Representatives. Most of the rest of his career he spent on the Senate side of the Capitol, as the first editor of the "Daily Digest" in the Congressional Record and as Parliamentarian of the Senate. As Parliamentarian, he sat immediately below the presiding officer in the Senate chamber, providing information on precedents and advising other senators on parliamentary procedure. In his interviews he talks about Senate filibusters and the efforts to change the rules of cloture. He also discusses the censures of Joseph McCarthy and Thomas Dodd, the contested election between John Durkin and Louis Wyman, and the preparations for a planned impeachment trial of Richard Nixon.
Extent: 42 pages
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/Riddick_interview_4.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1978 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Riddick, Floyd M., 1908-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 13-Jul-1908
Speaker place of birth: Trotville, NC; North Carolina; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Professor; Senate parliamentarian; Statistical analyst
Age at speaking: 70
Document date: 27-Jul-1978
Interviewer: Ritchie, Donald A.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Congress. Senate
Locations discussed: District of Columbia; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: District of Columbia; Federal government; Filibusters (Political science)--United States; Legislation; Legislative bodies--United States; Legislators--United States; North America; Oral history; Political science--United States; U.S. Congress. Senate; United States; United States. Congress. Senate--Cloture; United States--Officials and employees; United States--Politics and government
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022289-23473