Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 154 Garland PinholsterReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 154 Garland Pinholster

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 154 Garland Pinholster

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 154 Garland Pinholster
Creator: Pinholster, Garland F.
Dates: 2014 August 20
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Garland Pinholster grew up in Clyatville, Georgia in a farming family. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, served at Fort Benning during the Korean War, coached college sports at Oglethorpe University, and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. In this interview he talks about his coaching career, his entry into politics, and his role in the growth of the Republican Party in Georgia. Pinholster also discusses the influence of early Republicans candidates Barry Goldwater and Paul Coverdell, his views on political extremism and the Tea Party, and his work on the State School Board and the Georgia State Board of Transportation.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Garland Pinholster was born in Ray City, Georgia, into a farming family, and grew up Clyattville, Georgia. He studied at North Georgia College before transferring to and earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. After graduating, Pinholster served at the Fort Benning military training base during the Korean War. Pinholster also coached high school and college-level basketball, served as head athletic director at Oglethorpe University, and coached the United States’ men’s national basketball team during the 1963 Pan American Games. He wrote five books on coaching, including his most successful Encyclopedia of Basketball Drills. Pinholster also ran a successful small business in Atlanta, before being elected to the Georgia House of Representatives where he spearheaded the recruitment of new candidates to the Republican Party, contributed to the growth of the party, and served as Chairman of the Republican Caucus. After his retirement from politics, Pinholster served on the State School Board and the Georgia State Board of Transportation.

Scope and Content

Garland Pinholster reflects on his family and early life growing up in Clyattville, Georgia. He remembers playing basketball in high school, the limited sports amenities of his high school, and attending North Georgia College on a basketball scholarship. Pinholster discusses his role as instructor at the Infantry Guidance center at Fort Benning during the Korean War, becoming a high school coach after his return, accepting a position as director of the Athletic Department at Oglethorpe University, and the challenges associated with that position. Pinholster also talks about his early participation in the Republican Circle R Club, his entry into state politics, his focus on fiscal issues and the economy, and his experience of legislating in a Democratic-majority House of Representatives. Pinholster also recounts his efforts to grow the Republican Party from a minority to a majority, including such things as recruiting of new candidates and encouraging party-switching among conservative Democrats. He discusses the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign and the Paul Coverdell senatorial election as the early seeds for the growth of the Republican Party in Georgia, and expresses his views on political extremism, the Tea Party, and district political reapportionment. Pinholster discusses his political relationships with Zell Miller, Roy Barnes, and Paul Coverdell, and describes the initiatives he implemented while serving on the State School Board and the Georgia State Board of Transportation. He also reflects on his mother’s influence on his life and the development of “gumption” or the “ability to make do.”


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 154, 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, 2015.


Related Materials

Access Points

Audiovisual.
Basketball
Oral histories.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 154 Garland Pinholster video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 154 Garland Pinholster video, 2014 August 20 Access Online