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Oral history interview with Jack Flynt, 1998 Apr. 22

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Creator:Flynt, John James, 1914-2007
Creator:Steely, Mel
Creator:University of West Georgia. Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Jack Flynt, 1998 Apr. 22
Date:1998 Apr. 22

John James "Jack" Flynt Jr. (1914-2007) was elected the 4th District Congressman in 1954 and didn't retire from politics until 1979. He twice beat newcomer Newt Gingrich in the 1970s for his congressional seat. Flynt chaired the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct while a congressman.; Interviewed by Dr. Mel Steely on April 22, 1998 at the home of Flynt's friends, Harrell and Phyllis Fountain, in Carrollton, Ga. This interview is a continuation of the interview conducted one day prior at the same location.; Flynt begins the discussion by providing more detail on his paternal family, the Flynts, beginning with their move into Wilkes County, GA, through his grandfather's service in the Civil War and his father and uncle's political involvement in the Georgia State Senate. He goes on to tell how his father rose from working as a furniture sales clerk and funeral director to becoming a lawyer, state representative and judge. Flynt then talks about his time at the University of Georgia School of Law, the Emory University School of Law, the George Washington University, and the time he served in the Army. After being offered a position at George Washington University, Flynt was given the opportunity to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia with the help of Richard B. Russell, Jr. and chose to return to Georgia. Flynt discusses his decision to run for the remainder of Congressman Albert Sidney Camp's term upon Camp's death and providing anecdotes of his successful campaign for the seat of the fourth congressional district of Georgia. Flynt then discusses the presidency of Eisenhower, segregation, the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. He tells of his and his wife's attendance at the 1960 Democratic National Convention and goes into a discussion of JFK's campaign for president and of his relationship with the Kennedy family. He discusses JFK's presidency, the Vietnam War and communism and briefly talks about corruption and arrogance amongst politicians. Flynt then goes into his decision to retire from politics and expresses his gratitude for his supporters throughout his political career, and discusses the opponents he faced throughout his career, most notably Newt Gingrich. Flynt ends the discussion by reflecting on his twenty-four year political career, remarking that he had done his best, and commenting on politicians Alexander H. Stephens and Robert G. Stephens.

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Subjects:Flynt, John James, 1914---Interviews | Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002 | Stephens, Alexander H. (Alexander Hamilton), 1812-1883 | Beck, Marcus Wayland | Brennan, William J. (William Joseph), 1906-1997 | Brownell, Herbert,1904- | Camp, Albert Sidney | Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 | Gingrich, Newt | Griffin, Marvin, 1907-1982 | Hosch, John Alton | Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 | Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863 | Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 | Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 | Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985 | McNamara, Robert S., 1916- | McRae, Floyd W., d. 1921 | O'Brien, Lawrence F. | O'Donnell, Kenneth P., 1924-1977 | Powell, Adam Clayton, 1908-1972 | Rostenkowski, Dan | Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971 | Stephens, Robert G. (Robert Grier), 1913- | Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1930- | Taney, Roger B. | Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918- | Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953 | Warren, Earl, 1891-1974 | Emory University. School of Law | University of Georgia | University of Georgia. School of Law | United States. Federal Housing Administration | Democratic National Convention | United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964 | Confederate States of America. Army. Department of Northern Virgina | George Washington University | United States. Works Progress Administration | Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950 | Georgia--Politics and government--1951- | Legislators--Georgia--Interviews | Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka | Interstate Highway System | Prohibition | Segregation | Abyssinian Baptist Church (New York, N.Y.) | Georgia. Convention of the People (1861 : Milledgeville and Savannah, Ga.) | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Tonkin, Gulf of | United States, Georgia, Walton County, 33.78156, -83.73385 | United States, Georgia, Meriwether County, Warm Springs, 32.8904081, -84.6810381 | United States, Georgia, Wilkes County, 33.78195, -82.74323 | United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794 | United States, Georgia, Butts County, 33.28785, -83.95717 | United States, Georgia, Clayton County, 33.5419008, -84.3576542 | United States, Georgia, Laurens County, Dublin, 32.5404447, -82.903754 | United States, Georgia, Elbert County, 34.1167933, -82.8400955 | United States, Georgia, Fayette County, 33.413943, -84.4941911 | United States, Georgia, Monroe County, Forsyth, 33.0342974, -83.938242 | United States, Kentucky, Hardin County, Fort Knox, 37.9009687, -85.902028 | United States, Georgia, Catoosa County, Fort Oglethorpe, 34.9489645, -85.2569 | United States, Georgia, Fulton County, 33.79025, -84.46702 | United States, Georgia, Spalding County, Griffin, 33.2467807, -84.2640904 | United States, Georgia, Heard County, 33.2970284, -85.1282704 | United States, Georgia, Henry County, 33.4529856, -84.154184 | United States, Georgia, Troup County, LaGrange, 33.03929, -85.03133 | United States, Georgia, Bibb County, Macon, 32.84069, -83.6324 | United States, Georgia, Macon County, 32.3583893, -84.0424796 | United States, Georgia, Meriwether County, 33.0406559, -84.6883116 | United States, Georgia, Pike County, 33.0922652, -84.3892347 | United States, Georgia, Spalding County, 33.2608685, -84.2841597
Collection:Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program
Institution:University of West Georgia Special Collections
Contributors:University of West Georgia. Special Collections
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Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program oral history interviews. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, State University of West Georgia

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