|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 093 Harry Dixon|
|Creator||Dixon, Harry Donival, 1925-|
|Dates||2009 December 1|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Harry Donival Dixon entered U.S. Maritime Service and served in World War II in 1943. In 1963, he was elected as a Democrat to the Georgia House of Representatives. He served as chairman of the Regulated Beverages committee for 27 years, and rewrote many of Georgia’s liquor laws. Dixon served on the State Board of Transportation. He served in the Georgia House for 38 years. Dixon discusses his service in the war, several campaign experiences, and his time in the legislature.|
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 093, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Harry Donival Dixon was born in Ware County, Georgia, on March 24, 1925. He grew up in a railroad family and worked as a locomotive engine man on the Atlantic Coast Line. In 1943, he entered U.S. Maritime Service and served in World War II. He was discharged in 1946, and returned to Waycross, Georgia, and the railroad company. In 1952, he was promoted to engineer. In 1963, he was elected as a Democrat to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served for 38 years. He served as chairman of Regulated Beverages for 27 years, and rewrote many of Georgia’s liquor laws. Dixon served on the State Board of Transportation.
Harry Dixon discusses his early life in Ware County. He recalls growing up during the Great Depression and the attack on Pearl Harbor which convinced him to join the Merchant Marine. Dixon recalls several experiences during World War II.
Dixon recalls working for the railroad after the war, first serving as a fireman and subsequently as an engineer. He discusses his growing interest in politics during reapportionment in 1962, recalling several failed campaigns and a subsequent successful one. Dixon discusses serving in the Georgia house for 38 years.
Dixon recalls his friendship with Hanson Carter, Frances Houston, and Fred Kitchens. He discusses his work updating liquor laws in Georgia as the chairman on the committee of Regulated Beverages and his chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee. Dixon recalls memories of Speaker Tom Murphy, Marvin Griffin, and Eugene Talmadge. He comments on the county unit system and its advantage for some politicians.
Dixon discusses the 1970 gubernatorial election of Jimmy Carter and his plan for reorganizing the state government. He also recalls his work with the no-fault insurance protocol in the state of Georgia.
Harry D. Dixon, Sr. Papers