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Herman Talmadge

Herman Talmadge
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Walter F. George
Succeeded by Mack F. Mattingly
70th Governor of Georgia
In office
November 17, 1948 – January 11, 1955
Lieutenant Marvin Griffin
Preceded by Melvin E. Thompson
Succeeded by Marvin Griffin
In office
January 14, 1947 – March 18, 1947
Lieutenant Melvin E. Thompson
Preceded by Ellis Arnall
Succeeded by Melvin E. Thompson
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
In office
January 1971 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Allen Ellender
Succeeded by Jesse Helms
Personal details
Born Herman Eugene Talmadge
(1913-08-09)August 9, 1913
USA
Died March 21, 2002(2002-03-21) (aged 88)
Henry County
Georgia
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) 3rd: Lynda Cowart Pierce
Children

Herman Talmadge, Jr.

Robert Shingler Talmadge
Alma mater University of Georgia
Profession Lawyer
Religion Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1941-1945
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Battles/wars World War II

Herman Eugene Talmadge, Sr. (August 9, 1913 – March 21, 2002), was a U.S. Senate, serving from 1957 until 1981.

Talmadge was born in Demosthenian Literary Society and Sigma Nu fraternity.

Contents

  • The Three Governors Controversy 1
  • Career after 1946 2
  • Awards 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

The Three Governors Controversy

The younger Talmadge saw combat in the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Career after 1946

Talmadge soon gave in to the court decision and prepared for the racial segregation.

Talmadge was barred by law from seeking another full term as Governor in 1954. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1956. That same year, a "faithless elector" from Alabama cast a single Electoral College vote for Talmadge as Vice President of the United States. During his time as U.S. Senator, Talmadge remained a foe of civil rights legislation. After President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Talmadge, along with more than a dozen other southern Senators, boycotted the 1964 Democratic National Convention.[1] With the help of Richard Russell, Talmadge was appointed to the Agriculture Committee during his first year in Washington and to the Senate Finance Committee shortly thereafter. Talmadge would eventually be named chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.[2] He sponsored bills to help farmers, an important constituency, and served on the Senate Watergate Committee.

In 1968, Talmadge faced the first of his three Reconstruction era.[3] Talmadge won another large reelection margin in 1974, but he ran afoul of Republican Mack Mattingly in 1980.

Talmadge ran a responsive office, requiring his staff to respond to every constituent letter within 24 hours of receipt.[4]

On October 11, 1979, Talmadge was censured by an 81–15 vote of the U.S. Senate for "improper financial conduct" between 1973 and 1978, after having accepted reimbursements of $43,435.83 for official expenses not incurred and for improper reporting of such as campaign expenditures.[5]

Talmadge also went through a divorce from his wife and a tough primary challenge from Zell Miller in 1980. Talmadge defeated Miller but lost to Mack Mattingly in the general election. Mattingly was the first Republican to represent Georgia in the Senate since Reconstruction.

After his defeat, Talmadge retired to his home where he died more than two decades later at the age of 88. Talmadge had two sons, Herman E. Talmadge, Jr., and Robert Shingler Talmadge.

Awards

In 1969, Talmadge received an honorary degree in Doctor of Laws from Oglethorpe University.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ Kornacki, Steve (2011-02-03) "The 'Southern Strategy', fulfilled", Salon.com
  2. ^ Talmadge: A Political Legacy, A Politician's Life. Herman Talmadge with Mark Royden Winchell
  3. ^ Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections, p. 1441
  4. ^ Clymer, Adam (22 March 2002). "Herman Talmadge, Georgia Senator and Governor, Dies at 88". New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Expulsion and Censure". United States Senate. Retrieved May 31, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Honorary Degrees Awarded by Oglethorpe University". Oglethorpe University. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 

External links

  • New Georgia Encyclopedia Article
  • Herman Talmadge at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Oral History Interviews with Herman Talmadge [5], [6], [7], [8] from Oral Histories of the American South Oral History Interviews, 1985-1995. Georgia's Political Heritage Program, (University of West Georgia. Carrollton, Ga.
  • A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Herman Talmadge is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Political offices
Preceded by
Ellis Arnall
Governor of Georgia
1947
Succeeded by
Melvin E. Thompson
Preceded by
Melvin E. Thompson
Governor of Georgia
1948–1955
Succeeded by
Marvin Griffin
Preceded by
Allen J. Ellender
Louisiana
Chairman of Senate Agriculture Committee
1971–1981
Succeeded by
Jesse Helms
North Carolina
United States Senate
Preceded by
Walter F. George
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Georgia
1957–1981
Served alongside: Richard B. Russell, Jr., David H. Gambrell, Sam Nunn
Succeeded by
Mack Mattingly
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