Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 011 Bert LanceReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 011 Bert Lance

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 011 Bert Lance

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 011 Bert Lance
Creator Lance, Bert, 1931-
Dates 2007 January 25
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractBert Lance was Georgia’s highway director during Jimmy Carter’s term as governor. He ran an unsuccessful campaign to succeed Carter as governor in 1974. In 1976, Lance began his term as president of the National Bank of Georgia and became director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during Carter’s presidency. In this interview, Lance discusses his early memories of Georgia politics, the development of the interstate highway system in the state, and government reorganization. He also talks about his loss to George Busbee in the 1974 gubernatorial election and his working relationship with Jimmy Carter throughout Carter's governorship and presidency.

Administrative Information

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 011, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Thomas Bertram "Bert" Lance was born in Gainesville, Georgia on June 3, 1931. He graduated from the University of Georgia, and undertook graduate studies in banking at Louisiana State University and Rutgers University. Upon graduation from UGA, he began work for the Calhoun First National Bank as a bank clerk. He eventually became president and chairman of the bank's board. When Jimmy Carter was elected governor in 1970, Lance was appointed state highway director. He ran an unsuccessful campaign to succeed Carter as governor in 1974. In 1976, Lance began his term as president of the National Bank of Georgia. Upon Carter's election to the presidency, he was named director of the federal Office of Management and Budget. In 1977, his connections to both the bank and the federal office led to a U.S. Justice Department investigation for corruption. Amid scandal and eventual acquittal, Lance resigned as OMB director in 1977. In 1981, he again became chairman of the Calhoun National Bank. He was elected chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party in 1982, and was an advisor in Jesse Jackson's campaign for the presidency in 1988.


Scope and Content

Lance discusses his early memories of Georgia politics, the development of the interstate highway system in the state, and government reorganization. He also talks about his loss to George Busbee in the 1974 gubernatorial election and his working relationship with Jimmy Carter throughout Carter's governorship and presidency.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Busbee, George, 1927-2004
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Governors--Georgia--Election.
Highway planning--Law and legislation--United States.
Interstate Highway System.
Oral histories.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 011 Bert Lance video, 2007 January 25 ( 59.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE