Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 109 Milton JonesReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 109 Milton Jones

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 109 Milton Jones

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 109 Milton Jones
Creator: Jones, Milton, 1936-
Dates: 2010 March 19
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Milton Jones served in the United States Army Reserves from 1954-1962, retiring as a Sergeant 1st class. A Democrat, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1963 and served until 1970. In 1974, Governor Jimmy Carter appointed him to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents where he served until 1981. Jones discusses his time in legislature including issues with reapportionment and gubernatorial elections, his experience serving on the Board of Regents, and his impression of party poiltics in Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Milton Jones was born on August 13, 1936, in Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1954 and then from Emory at Oxford in 1956. He earned a bachelor’s degree in law in 1958 from Emory University and a law degree in 1959. He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1954-1962, retiring as a Sergeant 1st class. A Democrat, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1963 and served until 1970. In 1974, Governor Jimmy Carter appointed him to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents where he served, including as chairman, until 1981.

Scope and Content

Milton Jones discusses his childhood in Columbus, Georgia, and his subsequent education at Emory at Oxford, Emory, and Emory Law.

Jones recalls successfully running for legislature in 1962 at 25 years old. He recalls the Supreme Court ruling that abolished the county unit system and explains how the system worked. Jones reflects on Brown v. Board of Education, the Dixiecrat uprising in the 1950s, and the integration of the University of Georgia.

Jones recalls an incident when the clock was turned off during a reapportionment session and comments on the General Assembly's tendency to reapportion based on racial and political lines. He recalls the circumstances surrounding the legislature's decision to elect its own speaker. Jones reads Representative Bob Flournoy's 1964 speech regarding the demise of the county unit system and comments on several other reapportionment situations.

Jones discusses working with Jamie Mackey, Elliott Levitas, and Denmark Groover. He also discusses voting to deny Julian Bond his seat, and the 1966 gubernatorial race. Jones recalls serving on the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and comments on party politics in Georgia. He further discusses crossover voting and party registration 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 109, 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

Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-1992.
Bond, Julian, 1940-
Civil rights--Georgia.
Emory University.
Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Groover, Denmark, 1922-2001
Lawyers--Georgia.
Levitas, Elliott Harris, 1930-
Maddox, Lester G., 1915-2003.
Oral histories.
Politicians--Georgia.
School integration--Georgia.
University System of Georgia. Board of Regents.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 109 Milton Jones video (Extent: 99.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 109 Milton Jones transcript Access Online