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Civil Rights in Kentucky - Oral Histories: Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project

Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project


Born in Middletown, Jefferson County, in 1908, Lawrence Winchester Wetherby was an attorney, commissioner of the Jefferson County Juvenile Court, and lieutenant governor (1947--1950) and governor (1950--1955) of Kentucky.  Wetherby and his associates discuss his family history, Louisville politics in the 1930s and 1940s, the Legislative Research Commission, the State Democratic Central Committee, political patronage, the gubernatorial campaign of 1951, road building, tourism, governmental reorganization, economic growth, mental health care improvements, child welfare reform, conservation, education reform, state fairground improvements, the Minimum Foundation Act of 1954, school desegregation, Kentucky State College, election reform, the Registration and Purgation Election Act, the gubernatorial campaign of 1955, and Wetherby's United States senatorial campaign of 1956.  People discussed include Thomas Rhea, Mickey Brennan, Neville Miller, Earle C. Clements, A. B. "Happy" Chandler, William H. May, Harry Lee Waterfield, Adron Doran, Bert T. Combs, Doc Beauchamp, Eugene Siler, Louis Cox, William Curlin, Keen Johnson, John Y. Brown Sr., John Watts, Henry Ward, and Jess Lindsey.  This project is also available at the Kentucky Oral History Commission (see Collection Number 18-23).


Number of Interviews        37

Total Hours                                35



 Administrative agencies--Reorganization ; Agricultural exhibitions--Law and legislation ; Beauchamp, Isaac Emerson, 1899-1971 ; Brennan, Michael J. (Michael Joseph), 1877-1938 ; Brown, John Y. (John Young), 1900-1985 ; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991 ; Child welfare ; Children--Legal status, laws, etc ; Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985 ; Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991 ; Conservation of natural resources ; Cox, Louis, 1907-1971 ; Curlin, William P. (William Prather), 1933- ; Democratic Party (Ky.) ; Democratic Party (Ky.). State Central Committee ; Doran, Adron ; Economic history ; Education ; Education and state ; Educational law and legislation--Kentucky ; Election law--Kentucky ; Governors ; Governors--Kentucky--Election, 1951 ; Governors--Kentucky--Election, 1955 ; Johnson, Keen, 1896-1970 ; Juvenile courts--Kentucky--Jefferson County ; Kentucky State University ; Kentucky. General Assembly. Legislative Research Commission  ; Kentucky. Governor (1950-1955 : Wetherby) ; Law ; Lawyers ; Legislators ; Legislators--United States ; Lieutenant governors ; Lindsay, Jesse ; Louisville (Ky.) --Politics and government ; May, William H., 1908- ; Mental health policy ; Miller, Neville, 1894-1977 ; Patronage, Political ; Political campaigns ; Political campaigns--United States ; Politicians ; Politicians--United States ; Politics, Practical ; Politics, Practical--United States ; Rhea, Thomas Stockdale, 1871-1946 ; Roads--Design and construction ; School integration ; Siler, Eugene, 1900-1987 ; Tourism ; United States. Congress. Senate--Elections, 1956 ; United States--Politics and government ; Ward, Henry, 1909-2002 ; Waterfield, Harry Lee, 1911-1988 ; Watts, John C. (John Clarence), 1902-1971 ; Wetherby family ; Wetherby, Lawrence W. (Lawrence Winchester), 1908-



Public Policy, Education, Integration, Segregation