Oral history interview with Phil Landrum, 1988 July 25-26
@ University of West Georgia. Special Collections
Landrum, Phil M Steely, Mel Fitz-Simons, Ted University of West Georgia. Georgia's Political Heritage Program
DescriptionPhil M. Landrum (1907-1990) was born in the northeast Georgia town of Martin on September 10, 1907. He earned a law degree from the Atlanta Law School in 1941 and served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942-1945. After the war, Landrum served as Assistant Attorney General of Georgia from 1946-1947 and as Governor Melvin Thompson's executive secretary from 1947-1948. Landrum then worked in Jasper, Georgia, as an attorney in private practice for several years. He was elected in 1952 as a Democrat to represent the 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. A conservative who fought to maintain segregation, he also helped write landmark legislation to curb union corruption. Landrum retired from Congress in 1977 and returned to Jasper, where he died of congestive heart failure in 1990.Interviewed by Mel Steely and Ted Fitz-Simons on July 25-26, 1988 in Landrum's office.This interview begins with a discussion on Phil Landrum's childhood and heritage. He talks about how he became a teacher, met his wife, and how he managed to make a relatively substantial living during the years of the Great Depression. Landrum then begins answering questions about his time in the Senate and his relationships with other Georgia politicians, including Ellis Arnall and M. E. Thompson. He explains that he was active in the midst of the Three-Governor Crisis and that he respected Herman Talmadge a great deal for being a good person, though he felt that Talmadge tried to make too many people happy and often...
1 Transcript6 Interviews (Circa 61 Mins.; Circa 61 Mins.; Circa 39 Mins.; Circa 51 Mins.; Circa 56 Mins.; Circa 54 Mins.)
1988 07 25/1988 07 26
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