Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 159 Sam DossReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 159 Sam Doss

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 159 Sam Doss

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 159 Sam Doss
Creator: Doss, Sam
Dates: 2015 May 6
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Sam Doss was elected to the Georgia State Senate as a Democrat in 1968. In the legislature, he served on the Higher Education and Appropriations Committees. He was responsible for advocating for the legislation that led to the establishment of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Georgia. In this interview, he talks about his childhood, his involvement with the Junior Chamber of Congress organization, and memories of his senate career.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Sam Doss was born in Thomasville, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Navy in California during World War II, and attended West Georgia College on the GI Bill. Doss served first as National Director then International Director of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to the Georgia Senate in 1968, where he served for ten years on various committees, including the Higher Education and Appropriations Committees. He was instrumental in establishing the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Georgia.

Scope and Content

Sam Doss recalls his early life in Thomasville, Georgia, moving to Atlanta because of his father’s relocation for work, and starting to work at age 12. He recalls his time spent in the U.S. Navy during World War II, attending West Georgia College where he met his wife, and relocating to Rome, Georgia after graduation. He discusses how his interest in politics developed, his participation in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and his election to the Georgia Senate in 1968. Doss discusses his work as a senator, including serving on the Higher Education and Appropriations Committees, passing bills related to retirement benefits, and planning the establishment of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Doss further discusses his memories of events and people in the Senate, and he reflects on the highlights and regrets of his Senate career.


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 159, 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.
Georgia--Music.
Legislation--Georgia.
Oral histories.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 159 Sam Doss video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 159 Sam Doss video, 2015 May 6 Access Online