Interview with Jo Ferguson

  • Identifier1977 OH 009
  • Date3/9/1977
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeFerguson, Jo
  • DescriptionMr Jo Ferguson first served as Commissioner of Economic Security and from 1961-62 he worked on the Governor's Committee on Constitutional revision. Mr. Ferguson has had a private law practice since 1961.
  • LocationLouisville, KY
  • Time Summary0-6 Introduction
    15-20 First recollections of Martin
    20-38 Ferguson's association with Martin in campaign of 1955
    38-98 Chandler's attempt to remove surplus property division from department of education; association with teacher's retirement system
    98-114 Ferguson's opinion, evaluation of Martin's tenure as Superintendent of Public Instruction
    114-124 Martin's impact upon Minimum Foundation Program
    125-134 Comparison of Martin with Wendell Butler
    134-206 Martin's selection and effectiveness as chairman of Combs' Gubernatorial campaign
    206-231 Ferguson's opinion of Martin's political ambitions
    231-319 Martin's appointment as Commissioner of Finance, effectiveness as Commissioner of Finance; methods of operation, development of revenue bond financing
    320-352 Martin's role in the "truck" deal
    353-407 Background surrounding Attorney General's opinion concerning selection of a successor to President O'Donnell; Chandler's choice for a successor
    407-423 Awareness of Frankfort observors of Martin's desire to become president of Eastern
    423-504 Martin's relationship with Kentucky political leaders: Combs, Breathitt, Nunn, Ford, Perkins
    504-546 Ferguson's relationship with Martin after Ferguson left state government
    546-658 Martin's strong reputation for fiscal management is well-deserved; comparison of fiscal operations among state educational institutions
    658-681 Ferguson's impression of Eastern in 1964
    681-722 Martin's reputation for fiscal ability among others involved in school financing
    722-802 Relationship between education and finance in Kentucky
    End of side one
    0-26 Martin's relationship with the press, specifically with the Courier-Journal
    26-55 Characterization of Martin's personality
    55-86 Anecdotes concerning Martin
    86-97 Martin's contributions to education in Kentucky
    97-117 Ferguson's reaction to Martin's candidacy for state senate
    117 End of interview
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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