The Senate Historical Office
announces the online publication of its oral history series.
Since 1976, the Senate Historical Office has conducted a series of
oral history interviews with former senators and retired members of
the Senate staff. Both biographical and institutional in scope, these
interviews include personal recollections of careers within the Senate
and discussions of how Congress has changed over the years.
This week, with the online publication of a 1989 interview with
Senator George A. Smathers (D, Florida), the Historical Office is
initiating a project that will eventually provide online access to its
complete oral history series.
George A. Smathers served two terms in the United States House of
Representatives (1947-1951) and three terms in the United States
Senate (1951-1969). He defeated incumbent Representative Pat Cannon
in the Democratic primary of 1946. Four years later, he unseated
Senator Claude Pepper in a legendary primary campaign. During his
Senate career, Smathers chaired the Democratic Campaign Committee,
served on the Democratic Policy Committee, and was elected Secretary
of the Democratic Conference. He served on the Commerce, Finance, and
Foreign Relations committees, among others. Over the years, Smathers
witnessed the political evolution of the South and the Senate on civil
rights legislation. Following his retirement from the Senate, Smathers
returned to the practice of law in Miami and Washington, and became a
prominent Washington lobbyist.
For more information, click on "Oral History Project" at the Senate
Historical Office home page.
For more information about this and other publications of the Senate
Historical Office, please contact Betty Koed.
Betty K. Koed
Senate Historical Office
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