Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 094 Ford SpinksReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 094 Ford Spinks

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 094 Ford Spinks

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 094 Ford Spinks
Creator Spinks, Ford B., 1927-
Dates 2009 December 2
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractFord B. Spinks was born in Tifton, Georgia on April 5, 1927. In 1962, he ran a successful campaign twice – due to reapportionment – for Georgia State Senate. He continued in the Georgia Senate, and served in many committees until leaving the senate in 1971. He supported Jimmy Carter through many campaigns, and was appointed public service commissioner in 1971, a post he held until 1989. Outside of politics, he was a farm equipment dealer and served as director of the Bank of Tifton and chairman of the Coastal Plain Area Tourism Council. Spinks discusses Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign, his own campaigns for public service commissioner, and the state of politics in Georgia.

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


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Biographical Note

Ford B. Spinks was born in Tifton, Georgia, on April 5, 1927. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon returning from the war, he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). In 1962, he ran a successful campaign twice--due to reapportionment--for Georgia State Senate. He continued in the Georgia Senate, and served in many committees until leaving the senate in 1971. He supported Jimmy Carter through many campaigns, and was appointed public service commissioner in 1971, a post he held until 1989. Outside of politics, he was a farm equipment dealer and served as director of the Bank of Tifton and chairman of the Coastal Plain Area Tourism Council.


Scope and Content

Ford Spinks discusses growing up in Tift County and subsequently enlisting in the Army during World War II. He recalls attending ABAC and subsequently becoming interested in politics due to his friends' insistence. Spinks recalls unsuccessfully running for a county commissioner seat and later successfully running for State Senate in 1962. He comments on reapportionment, his perception of Jimmy Carter, and the 1966 gubernatorial race. Spinks discusses Jimmy Carter's plan to reorganize and streamline government and his appointment to the Public Service Commission. He explains the purpose of the public service commission and recalls running for reelection statewide. Spinks discusses his involvement with Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Georgia. Governor (1967-1971 : Maddox)
Georgia. Governor (1971-1975 : Carter)
Maddox, Lester G., 1915-2003.
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--United States--Georgia.
Political campaigns--United States.
Politicians--Georgia.
World War, 1939-1945--United States.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 094 Ford Spinks video ( 73.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 094 Ford Spinks transcript VIEW ONLINE