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Oral history interview with Bill Lee, 1997 June 3

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Creator:Lee, Bill, 1925-
Creator:Steely, Mel
Creator:University of West Georgia. Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Bill Lee, 1997 June 3
Date:1997 June 3
Description:

William J. Lee was born on December 15, 1925, in Forest Park, Georgia. He began working for Southern Railway as a young boy, and left for a time to serve in the United State Navy. After his service in the navy, Lee returned to Southern Railway (Norfolk Southern). He started with the railway as a messenger boy and retired as resident vice president. He earned a law degree from Atlanta Law School in 1960. Lee was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1956. He was re-elected twenty times, forty-two consecutive years, making him one of its longest serving members.; Interviewed by Mel Steely on June 3, 1997 at an unknown location.; Lee begins the interview with a brief history of his early life, his time in the United States Navy and working with Southern Railway (Norfolk Southern). The interview then goes into how he became involved in politics. His love of people is the main reason he entered politics. Lee speaks of his time under Governor Marvin Griffith as being fast-paced. He also talks about serving with Governor Vandiver and Governor Joe Frank Harris. Lee mentions his and Terrell Starr's involvement with the founding of Clayton College.; A portion of the interview is spent on integration of Georgia schools and what it meant to be a segregationist and what it meant to be a segregationist versus a racist; he saw these ideas being part of the times and accepted by the people.Lee speaks about Julian Bond and his appointment to the Georgia House of Representatives. Lee maintains that the reason that Bond was denied the appointment was not due to his race but to his opposition to the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Lee also speaks about working with Georgia Speaker of the House Tom Murphy.

Types:oral histories (literary works) | sound recordings | Sound
Subjects:Lee, Bill, 1925- | Bond, Julian, 1940-2015 | Burruss, A. L., 1927-1986 | Busbee, George, 1927- | Callaway, Howard H. (Howard Hollis), 1927- | Evans, Randy | Glanton, Tom | Griffin, Marvin, 1907-1982 | Harris, Joe Frank | Kidd, Culver, 1914-1995 | Lance, Bert, 1931- | Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003 | Mote, Marvin | Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007 | Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925- | Sibley, Celestine | Smith, George Leon, 1912-1973 | Smith, George T. (George Thornewell), 1916- | Starr, Terrell, 1925- | Talmadge, Eugene, 1884-1946 | Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005 | Southern Railway (U.S.) | Clayton College & State University | Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950 | Georgia--Politics and government--1951- | Legislators--Georgia | School integration--Georgia--History | Segregation in education--Georgia--History | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | Lee, Bill, 1925---Interviews | United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
Collection:Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program
Institution:University of West Georgia Special Collections
Contributors:University of West Georgia. Special Collections
Original Material:

Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program oral history interviews. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, State University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Ga. : University of West Georgia Special Collections in association with the Digital Library of Georgia

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Cite as: [interview title], Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program oral history interviews. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia

Persistent Link to Item:http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/uwg/phc/do:lee19970630