Interview with Robert Matthews

  • Identifier1976 OH 007
  • Date11/30/1976
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeMatthews, Robert
  • DescriptionRobert Matthews is a native Kentuckian born in 1923. He served as Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky from 1955-60 and as executive secretary to the Governor of Kentucky. From 1960-63 Mr. Matthews served as Commissioner of Finance and from 1963-67 he served as Attorney General of Kentucky. In 1967 he returned to his private lat practice.
  • LocationShelbyville, KY
  • Time Summary1-6 Early Acquantance with Martin. A. Martin was superintendent of Public Instruction and Mattews was in the Attorney General's office.
    6-14 Relations with the Chandler administration
    14-21 Factional Democratic Party Politics
    22-34 Martin's influence in Democratic Party politics
    34-51 The Combs Gubernatorial Primary, 1959
    51-65 Martin as Finance Commissioner
    65-77 Martin's strong leadership at Eastern
    77-92 Martin's desire to go to Eastern as president
    92-106 Martin's support of Matthews for political office
    106-127 The relationship of politics and education in Kentucky. The role of the council on Public Higher Education
    127-144 Doran and martin compared are political-educational leaders
    144-163 Matthews' impression of Martin's years at EKU

  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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