Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 078 Charles CampbellReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 078 Charles Campbell

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 078 Charles Campbell

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 078 Charles Campbell
Creator: Campbell, Charles E., 1942-
Dates: 2009 May 14
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Charles Campbell met Senator Richard B. Russell when he introduced him for a Blue Key speech at UGA. He went to work as Russell’s legislative assistant in Washington, D.C., and eventually became his executive secretary. Upon Senator Russell’s death in 1971, Campbell returned to Georgia and practiced law in Atlanta while remaining involved in politics and managing campaigns for Herman Talmadge. Campbell discusses Senator Russell's personality and ideals, and recalls several personal stories about Senator Russell. He also discusses his work on other campaigns after Senator Russell's death and party politics in Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Charles Campbell was born in 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Jackson, Georgia. He attended Emory University, and graduated from the University of Georgia. He met Senator Richard B. Russell when he introduced him for a Blue Key speech at UGA. He went to work as Russell’s legislative assistant in Washington, D.C., and eventually became his executive secretary. Upon Senator Russell’s death in 1971, Campbell returned to Georgia and practiced law in Atlanta while remaining involved in politics and managing campaigns for Herman Talmadge. Campbell retired from the law firm of McKenna, Long and Aldridge in 2009, ranked among America’s top 100 lawyers.

Scope and Content

Campbell discusses growing up in Georgia and attending Emory. Campbell recalls his friendship with Senator Richard B. Russell, how he came to know Russell, and serving as Senator Russell's Chief of Staff. Campbell explains how Russell went out of his way to meet and interact with newly elected senators and how Russell asked the 4H club to choose his interns.

Campbell discusses the Russell family and their political inclinations. He discusses Senator Russell's early start in politics, from his first election as a Representative from Barrow County to his governorship as a 31-year old. Campbell comments on Russell's leadership in the senate, explaining how Senator Russell to the Appropriations Committee and the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Campbell also comments on Senator Russell's friendship with Senator Talmadge.

Campbell explains Senator Russell's friendship with Lyndon B. Johnson and describes his influence on making Johnson Majority Leader of the Senate. He discusses how Russell opposed the Vietnam War and his interest in national defense and agriculture. Campbell recalls Senator Russell's dislike of foreign aid and running a deficit and comments on what Russell would say of current legislative practices and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Campbell discusses Senator Russell's friendship with John F. Kennedy and his subsequent appointment to the Warren Commission. Campbell goes on to explain the deterioration of Senator Russell's relationship with Lyndon B. Johnson.

Campbell discusses Senator Russell's position on Civil Rights and segregation. He also recalls the rumors that Carl Sanders was going to run against Russell in 1966. Campbell also recalls working with David Gambrell after Russell's death and his subsequent involvement in politics, including his experience working with Senator Talmadge. Campbell comments on party politics in Georgia.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 078, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2013.


Related Materials

Access Points

4-H clubs--Georgia.
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Emory University.
Gambrell, David Henry, 1929-
Georgia. Governor (1931-1933 : Russell)
Governors--Georgia--Election--History--20th century.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--United States--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
Russell, Richard Brevard, 1861-1938.
Segregation--Georgia.
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.
United States--Congress--Senate.
United States. Warren Commission.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 078 Charles Campbell video, transcript, and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 078 Charles Campbell video (Extent: 96.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 078 Charles Campbell transcript Access Online