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George A. Smathers
Florida Senator

After two terms in the House, George Smathers defeated the incumbent Senator Claude Pepper in the legendary Democratic primary of 1950, going on to serve three terms in the Senate. In the Senate he chaired the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, served on the Democratic Policy Committee and was elected Secretary of the Democratic Conference. He was a member of the committees on Commerce, Finance and Foreign Relations. In these interviews, he also recounts his close personal friendships with John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

Table of Contents:
1) The Road to Congress
2) From the House to the Senate
3) LBJ as Majority Leader
4) Kennedy and Johnson
5) The Senate in Committee
6) Senate Democratic Leadership
7) The Senate and the Press
8) Outside the Senate
Photo of Senator George Smathers
Citation: Scholarly citation: "George A. Smathers, United States Senator, 1951-1969," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, George A. Smathers, do hereby give to the Senate Historical Office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews between August 1 and October 24, 1989. I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tapes and transcripts in such a manner as may best serve the educational and historical objectives of their oral history program. I also approve the deposit of the transcripts at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Senate Library, University of Florida, and any other institution which the Senate Historical Office may deep appropriate. In making this gift, I voluntarily convey ownership of the tapes and transcripts to the public domain. George A. Smathers February 12, 1991 Accepted on behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker February 28, 1991

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