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Interview with Catherine Hampson, November 11th, 1975

Part of Earle C. Clements Oral History Project

Interview with Catherine Hampson, November 11th, 1975
Catherine Hampson; interviewee. Terry L. Birdwhistell; interviewer.
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In this interview, Catherine Hampson, former staff assistant to Senator Earle C. Clements, discusses first meeting Clements, her views of Clements as a public official, and how she began working with Clements. She describes her job responsibilities, Clements' advisors, and Clements' concern with constituent mail. Ms. Hampson talks about Clements' responsibilities as majority whip, working for Clements, and the office in Clements' absence. She also discusses the relationship between Clements, Alben Barkley, and the Kentucky Congressional Delegation. Ms. Hampson talks about the gubernatorial campaign in 1955, the relationship between the senate office and Governor Lawrence Wetherby's staff, and relations with the A.B. "Happy" Chandler administration. She describes the relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Clements and other senators. Ms. Hampson talks about the 1956 campaign, Clements' attitude toward Thruston Morton, and major issues in the campaign. She describes her reaction to Clements' defeat and her impression of Clements as a campaigner. Ms. Hampson also discusses Clements reaction to the position of Senate Campaign Chairman, Mrs. Clements, and Bess Abel's association with her father's political career.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Governors, Politicians, Legislators, Legislators--United States, Hampson, Catherine, Hampson, Catherine--Interviews, Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985, Kentucky. Governor (1947-1950 : Clements), Politicians--United States
Earle C. Clements Oral History Project
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