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Interview with W. Tap Bennet, Sr. and Jr., October 29, 1971

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:00 - Bennett Sr.'s first observations of the political realm

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Partial Transcript: We'll begin our oral history tape here about recollections of our friend here, Mr. Tap Bennett Sr., and on the basis of his long-time friendship with Senator Russell and his family.

Keywords: George Bennett; Judge Russell; Richard Russell, Sr.; legislature; page; populism

00:08:13 - Senator Russell's interest in agriculture / Anecdote about entertaining Russell

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Partial Transcript: After working several years that way with the agricultural department, you went as the agriculture agent for the Southern Railroad?

Keywords: Board of Regents; Progressive Farmer; UGA; University System; University of Georgia; man of the year

00:16:33 - Ambassador William Tapley Bennett, Jr. refuses Senator's Russell's political help

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Partial Transcript: Let me get back here now just a second to Ambassador William Tapley Bennett, Jr., who, whom we have known...

Keywords: Foreign Service; NATO; Rockefeller Foundation; State Department; diplomacy; foreign relations

00:22:46 - Ambassador Bennett's experience of the Dominican Crisis / Senator Russell defends Ambassador Bennett against Senator Fulbright

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Partial Transcript: When you were the ambassador for the United States down in the Dominican Republic, they had an uprising of some sort there.

Keywords: Caribbean; Castro; Communism; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Foreign Relations Committee; Lyndon Johnson; Marines; William Fulbright; economic crisis; embassy; evacuation; revolution; sugar

00:33:32 - Recalling Senator Russell's professional and personal support of friends / Discussing the 1952 Democratic ticket

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Partial Transcript: ...You went to Portugal after you left the Dominican Republic.

Keywords: Adlai Stevenson; Foreign Service; Fort Gordon; Kefauver; Portugal; Senate Armed Services Committee; Southern states; Ted Kennedy; character; military; reassignment