|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 075 Fletcher Thompson|
|Creator||Thompson, Standish Fletcher, 1925-|
|Dates||2009 April 6|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Fletcher Thompson was elected as a Republican to the Georgia General Assembly as a state senator in 1964. In 1966, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in the two succeeding congresses, but was unsuccessful in a bid for reelection in 1972 and returned to his law practice in Atlanta. Thompson discusses his military service, campaigns for public office, and the Republican Party of Georgia.|
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 075, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Standish Fletcher Thompson was born in College Park, Georgia, on February 5, 1925. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and then transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served as a navigator for the Air Rescue Service. Thompson graduated from Emory University in 1949. During the Korean War, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1957, practicing in East Point, Georgia. In 1964, he was elected as a Republican to the Georgia General Assembly as a state senator. In 1966, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in the two succeeding congresses, but was unsuccessful in a bid for reelection in 1972, returning to his law practice in Atlanta.
Thompson discusses growing up in College Park, Georgia. He recalls some family stories from his grandfather's life in the South during the Civil War.
Thompson explains his origins as a Republican politician and recalls his first campaign. He discusses his experience serving as a pilot in World War II and recalls several specific battles.
Thompson recalls attending Emory University, being enlisted in the Reserves, and working as a lawyer who was familiar with aviation. He discusses his time in legislature and recalls introducing several bills. Thompson recalls participating in the drafting of the MARTA Authority Act.
Thompson discusses his tumultuous campaign for U.S. Congress and his subsequent election. He also recalls his role in instituting 911 as an emergency phone number nationwide. Thompson discusses meeting George H.W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson and the reaction of Congress to the Vietnam War.
Thompson recalls other campaigns against Charles Weltner, Andrew Young, and Sam Nunn. He discusses several missteps in his campaigns and comments on the high cost of running a campaign in modern times.
Thompson also discusses party politics in Georgia, his continuing interest in civic and military matters, and his involvement with the Atlanta World War II Roundtable.