Ronnie Fields Collection of Herman E. Talmadge Letters to Moses LeffRonnie Fields Collection of Herman E. Talmadge Letters to Moses Leff

Ronnie Fields Collection of Herman E. Talmadge Letters to Moses Leff

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ronnie Fields Collection of Herman E. Talmadge Letters to Moses Leff
Creator: Fields, Ronnie.
Dates: 1964-1980
Extent: 1.0 folder
Collection Number: RBRL/106/RFML
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The collection includes a series of eighteen personal letters from Herman Talmadge to the Honorable Moses Leff, ranging from January 8, 1964 to October 15, 1980. The letters consist of thank you notes for Leff’s attendance at Talmadge’s birthdays, as well as an announcement of a marriage in the Leff family. One letter from 1969 discusses H.R. 10567, which proposed inscribing “Justice,” “Mercy,” and “Humility” on the one dollar bill.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Herman E. Talmadge was born on August 9, 1913, on a farm near McRae, Georgia, to Eugene and Mattie Talmadge. Herman’s first involvement in politics was as his father's campaign manager in 1946. Running for an unprecedented fourth term as governor of Georgia, Eugene Talmadge was elected in November 1946, but was in failing health. As a precaution, a small group of Talmadge supporters started a write-in campaign for Herman Talmadge during the general election. When the elder Talmadge died in December 1946, before being sworn in as governor, the Georgia General Assembly elected his son governor by a vote of 161 to 87. The ensuing activities became known as the “three governors controversy” whereby the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that M. E. Thompson would serve as governor until a special election in September 1948. Herman won the special election and after serving his term as governor was re-elected in 1950, serving until January 1955.

In November 1956, Talmadge was elected to the U.S. Senate where he immediately joined the other Southern Democrats in their fight against civil rights legislation. In 1957, he won a seat on the Agriculture Committee and by 1971, he had become chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Some of his major accomplishments in this area included guiding passage of a series of acts, which established price support programs for peanuts, cotton, wheat, and other commodities. Serving twenty-four years in the United States Senate, Talmadge ranked fifth in seniority among Senate Democrats and seventh overall by the time he left office. He died on March 21, 2002.

Further Reading:

Herman Talmadge, New Georgia Encyclopedia.

James F. Cook, The Governors of Georgia, 1754-2004, 3d ed. (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2005).

Harold P. Henderson and Gary L. Roberts, eds., Georgia Governors in an Age of Change: From Ellis Arnall to George Busbee (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1988).

Scope and Content

The collection includes a series of eighteen personal letters from Herman Talmadge to the Honorable Moses Leff, ranging from January 8, 1964 to October 15, 1980. The letters consist of thank you notes for Leff’s attendance at Talmadge’s birthdays, as well as an announcement of a marriage in the Leff family. One letter from 1969 discusses H.R. 10567, which proposed inscribing “Justice,” “Mercy,” and “Humility” on the one dollar bill.

Organization and Arrangement

The letters are organized chronologically.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

Ronnie Fields Collection of Herman E. Talmadge Letters to Moses Leff, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

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Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2010.


Related Materials

Access Points

Correspondence.
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.

Related Collections in this Repository

Herman E. Talmadge Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

Folder
118 personal letters from Herman Talmadge to the Honorable Moses Leff, 1964 January 8-1980 October 15