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Oral history interview with Richard Ray, 1989 July 6

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Steely, Mel University of West Georgia. Georgia's Political Heritage Program

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Richard Belmont Ray (1927-1999) was born on February 2, 1927 in Fort Valley, Georgia. He graduated from high school in 1944 and went into the United States Navy during World War II, serving until 1946. After his service, he worked as a farmer and businessman before entering Democratic politics. He served as mayor of Perry, Georgia from 1964-1970, during the same time that Sam Nunn was the city attorney. When Nunn was elected to the United States Senate in 1972, he took Ray along as his administrative assistant. Ray worked in this position for ten years, and was elected to represent Georgia's 3rd Congressional District in 1982. Ray was known as a conservative, pro-life Democrat who advocated for veterans and military bases. He was also one of Georgia's wealthiest representatives at the time. After losing his seat to Republican Mac Collins in 1992, Ray started a consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia. He died in 1999 in Macon, Georgia due to complications during emergency heart valve-replacement surgery.Interviewed by Mel Steely on July 6, 1989.The interview begins with a discussion on Richard Ray's childhood. He talks about his religious background, as well as his years in school. He talks about how World War II affected his time at high school, and his decision to join the Navy. Ray answers questions about his young adulthood, his wife, and their struggles to establish themselves. He discusses being a business man in the 1950s and his struggles with the pest control businesses. Ray talks about...
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Video
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1 Transcript3 Interviews (Circa 55 Mins.; Circa 60 Mins.; Circa 61 Mins.)
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1989 07 06
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Keywords

  1. Atlanta Constitution
  2. Bell, Griffin B., 1918
  3. Boone, Daniel
  4. Brinkley, Jack
  5. Brookings Institution
  6. Brooks, Jack, 1922
  7. Campaigns
  8. Carlow, Tom
  9. Carter, Jimmy, 1924
  10. Chiles, Lawton, 1930 1998
  11. Civil Rights
  12. Coca Cola Company
  13. Crane, Philip M., 1930
  14. Cranston, Alan Mac Gregor
  15. Democratic Leadership Council (U.S.)
  16. Democratic Party (U.S.)
  17. Depressions
  18. Domenici, Pete
  19. Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933
  20. Emory University
  21. Family
  22. Ford, Gerald R., 1913 2006
  23. Future Farmers Of America
  24. Gambrell, David Henry, 1929
  25. Georgia
  26. Georgia Municipal Association
  27. Georgia State College For Women
  28. Georgia State Patrol
  29. Georgia. General Assembly
  30. Gephardt, Richard A. (Richard Andrew), 1941
  31. Gingrich, Newt
  32. Gonzalez, Henry B. (Henry Barbosa), 1916 2000
  33. Gore, Albert, 1948
  34. Government
  35. Harris, Joe Frank
  36. Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
  37. International Business Machines Corporation
  38. Interviews
  39. Jackson, Henry M.(Henry Martin), 1912 1983
  40. Japan
  41. Jaycees International
  42. Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908 1973
  43. Jordan, Hamilton
  44. Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917 1963
  45. Kidd, Culver, 1914 1995
  46. King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929 1968
  47. Korean War, 1950 1953
  48. Lane, Mills B. (Mills Bee), 1912 1989
  49. Legislators
  50. Linder, Thomas Mercer, 1887 1978
  51. Maddox, Lester, 1915 2003
  52. Marshall, F. Ray
  53. Mattingly, Mack, 1931
  54. Maui (Transport Ship)
  55. Mayors
  56. Mc Govern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922
  57. Mercer University
  58. Moore, Frank
  59. National Pest Control Association
  60. Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913 1994
  61. North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  62. Nunn, Sam
  63. Okinawa Island
  64. Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack On, 1941
  65. Perdue, Tom
  66. Perry
  67. Plunkett, Lamar Rich, 1911
  68. Politics And Government
  69. Powell, Jody, 1943 2009
  70. Rangel, Charles B
  71. Ray, Richard Belmont, 1927 1999
  72. Reagan, Ronald
  73. Republican Party (U.S. : 1854 )
  74. Rowan (Destroyer : Dd 405)
  75. Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897 1971
  76. Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925
  77. School Integration
  78. Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913 2002
  79. Thompson, Fletcher, 1925
  80. United States
  81. United States Merchant Marine Cadet Corps
  82. United States. Army
  83. United States. Civil Rights Act Of 1964
  84. United States. Clean Air Act
  85. United States. Environmental Protection Agency
  86. United States. Farmers Home Administration
  87. United States. Federal Bureau Of Investigation
  88. United States. Federal Water Pollution Control Act
  89. United States. Navy
  90. Universities
  91. University Of Georgia
  92. Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918
  93. Vietnam War, 1961 1975
  94. Vinson, Carl, 1883 1981
  95. Warner, John W., 1927
  96. Warnikc, Paul
  97. Washington, George
  98. Weicker, Lowell
  99. Women
  100. Woodham, David
  101. World War, 1939 1945

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