|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 001 Bruce Russell and Earl Leonard on Richard B. Russell, Jr.|
|Creator||Leonard, Earl T., Jr.|
|Dates||2006 August 31|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||In this interview Bruce Russell and Earl Leonard discuss Richard B. Russell, Jr. Bruce Russell is the nephew of Richard B. Russell, Jr., and has worked as a school teacher, lawyer, and judge in various parts of north Georgia. Earl Leonard served as Senator Russell's press secretary in Washington, D.C., retired from the Coca-Cola Company as senior vice president for corporate affairs, and served on various boards and foundations at the University of Georgia, including the University of Georgia Foundation and the Richard B. Russell Foundation.|
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 001, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Univeristy of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA, 30602-1641.
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Robert Bruce Russell, Sr., was born on August 20, 1951 and is the nephew of Senator Richard B. Russell. He grew up in Winder, Georgia, graduating Winder-Barrow High School in 1969. A graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the US Army Transportation School, he finished the University of Georgia with a degree in education in 1975 and taught high school in Social Circle, Georgia and Gwinnett County High Schools from 1975-1978. In 1978 he graduated the Atlanta Law School was admitted to the Georgia bar. He first practiced law as an associate attorney with Sutton and English law firm in Rabun County and has been in private practice since 1980. He is past president of the Mountain Circuit Bar Association, was eight years attorney for Rabun County and was city judge for the city of Clayton Recorder’s Court for twelve years.
Earl T. Leonard, Jr., graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1958. He earned his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1961, while at the same time teaching on the faculty of the School of Journalism. He then went on to serve as press secretary for Senator Richard B. Russell in Washington D.C. He was a founder of the Senate Press Secretaries Association, and served in the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Leonard was a member of several boards and foundations, including the University of Georgia Foundation and the Richard B. Russell Foundation. He was a chairman of the UGA Annual Fund and School of Law. In 1964, he joined the Coca-Cola Company, and retired as senior vice president for corporate affairs. Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him to the Governor’s Commission for a New Georgia. Leonard was a Terry Executive for the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.
Bruce Russell and Earl Leonard discuss Richard B. Russell, Jr.’s upbringing and career. Topics covered include Russell's family, personal character, position on Vietnam, relationship with Lyndon B. Johnson, service on the Warren Commission, and his legacy in Georgia and beyond.