Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 158 Phil WiseReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 158 Phil Wise

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 158 Phil Wise

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 158 Phil Wise
Creator: Wise, Phil
Dates: 2015 January 28
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Phil Wise served as a member of the White House staff of President Jimmy Carter. In this interview, he briefly talks about his childhood, his early relationship with Carter, and his increased involvement in Carter’s administrations, first in managing the Southern base of Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign, and later working as Carter’s Appointments Secretary. Wise describes the personalities and leadership styles of Jimmy Carter and his Chief of Staff, Hamilton Jordan. Wise also mentions returning to work at the Carter Center as Vice President of Operations.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Phil Wise was born in Plains, Georgia, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked as a campaign aid in Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign and later was selected as his Appointments Ssecretary. After the Carter Administration, Wise worked for Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. He then returned to Atlanta and worked in the position of Vice-President of Operations at the Carter Center.

Scope and Content

Phil Wise recalls growing up in Plains, Georgia, and having Jimmy Carter as his Sunday school teacher. He discusses attending the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) beginning in 1970, interning in the office of Governor Jimmy Carter, and his reaction to learning of Carter’s decision to run for president. He discusses being selected to work on Carter’s presidential campaign, and describes his campaign duties, including organizing the Florida Democratic Primary in 1976 and managing the Southern base of the campaign leading up to the election day. Wise recalls working as Carter’s Appointments Secretary, including the memorable moment when he met Hank Aaron in the White House. He describes Carter’s workday, Carter’s relationship with Congress, and Hamilton Jordan’s personality and leadership style. Wise recalls helping the Carter Family move back to Georgia, participating in the preliminary initiative for the creation of the Carter Center, and returning to work as Vice-President of Operations at the Carter Center in the 1990s.


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 158, 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.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Emory University. Carter Center.
Oral histories.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 158 Phil Wise video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 158 Phil Wise video, 2015 January 28 Access Online