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Oral history with the Honorable J. P. Coleman, former governor of Mississippi and chief judge (ret.), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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Creator:Coleman, J. P. (James Plemon), 1914-
Title:Oral history with the Honorable J. P. Coleman, former governor of Mississippi and chief judge (ret.), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Date:1981 Nov. 12, 1982 Feb. 6
Description:

Oral history interviews conducted on November 12, 1981 and February 6, 1982 with Judge J. P. Coleman. Coleman was born on December 9, 1914 in Fentress, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi, he was invited to work in the election campaign of Congressional candidate Aaron Ford in 1934. When Ford won he asked Coleman to work as one of his two secretaries. In 1937, Coleman passed the bar exam and went on to get his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 1939. Upon his return to Mississippi, Coleman started a law practice until 1946 when he ran for District Attorney of the Fifth Circuit District of Mississippi and won. He served as District Attorney for two terms and in 1950 moved on to served as the Attorney General of Mississippi. In 1956, Coleman ran for governor of Mississippi and won. During his governorship, he also became a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Topics include:

Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

This interview is part of the Civil Rights Documentation Project, funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Types:Oral histories | Transcripts
Subjects:Coleman, J. P. (James Plemon), 1914- | Ford, Aaron Lane, 1903-1983 | Civil rights--United States | Civil rights--Mississippi | Law--Political aspects--Mississippi | Politics, Practical--Mississippi | Mississippi--Politics and government--20th century | African Americans--Civil rights--Mississippi | African Americans--Politics and government--20th century | Public administration--Mississippi | Judges--Mississippi | Governors--Mississippi | Lawyers--Mississippi | Secretaries--Mississippi | Legislators--United States | Political campaigns--Mississippi | Public prosecutors--Mississippi | Attorneys general--Mississippi | United States. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) | Appellate courts--United States | University of Mississippi | George Washington University | Mississippi. Legislature. House of Representatives | Mississippi | Jackson (Miss.) | Hinds County (Miss.) | Washington (D.C.)
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:Caudill, Orley B. | Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage | University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Online Publisher:Hattiesburg, Miss. : University of Southern Mississippi Oral History Program | 2002-02-22
Original Material:

Mississippi oral history program of the University of Southern MS, vol. 203, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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