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Interview with Earle C. Clements, November 18, 1976

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Interview with Earle C. Clements, November 18, 1976
Earle C. Clements; interviewee. James W. Hammack, Jr.; interviewer.
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Former Kentucky politician, Earle C. Clements was a governor of Kentucky and served as one of the state's US Senator and US Representative. Clements has been appointed to various offices like Kentucky state highway commissioner and director of the US Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, among others. He served as the president of the Tobacco Institute for more than a decade. In this interview, Clements discusses his plan for disbanding the highway patrol in favor of establishing the state police. He talks about the plan's foremost opponents, finding a suitable operating model for the new system, and appropriate employee qualifications for being a state police. Clements discusses his plans for improved rural roads, the tax increase that funded the project and the economic benefits of such a plan. He recalls seeking committee positions in the Senate and discusses some of his colleagues from Congress. He also discusses his relationship with Alben Barkley.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Governors, Politicians, Legislators, Legislators--United States, Kentucky. Governor (1947-1950 : Clements), Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985, Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985--Interviews, Politicians--United States
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