|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 000-06 Pete Wheeler|
|Creator||Wheeler, Peter, 1922-|
|Dates||2007 April 1|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||In this interview Pete Wheeler discusses his career as Commissioner of Veterans Services. Wheeler began this career during the Herman Talmadge administration in 1949.|
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.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 000-06, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Pete Wheeler was born in Crawford, Georgia on October 19, 1922. He attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in education, and was called to active duty in the U.S. Army upon his graduation in 1943. He was discharged from the Army in 1946, and attended the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta at night, while working for the Federal Office of Price Administration. In 1949 he was named commissioner of Veterans Services in the Herman Talmadge administration, an office he has held for 14 terms under 11 governors. Wheeler was president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs in 1964-1965, served on the National Veterans Day Committee, and was chairman of the National World War II Memorial Advisory Board from 1994-2004.
Wheeler discusses his early life and his career as Georgia’s Commissioner of Veterans Services since 1949. He describes his working relationships with governors and prominent figures in their administrations.