Ledrick, Paul Mickey 1970-09-15

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Paul Ledrick, prominent Texas Republican, discusses his family history and the beginning of the development of the Republican Party in mid-twentieth century Texas, including various political posts he has held under Republican administrations.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Paul Mickey Ledrick

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: September 15, 1970

Location: Ledrick Ranch, 27 miles north of Pampa, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Description and history of the Ledrick Ranch, Anecdotes about encounters with Indians, Incident concerning child’s grave, Story of trapper, Mr. Waters, Received education in Pampa and at Texas Tech, Joining the Army, Cattle shoot during New Deal recalled, Depression wages listed, Experiences as campaign manager for Ben Gwill, local Republican politician.

Tape 1, Side 2: Explains Republican party status in Texas (1950), Republican strength in the Texas Panhandle examined, Political posts held, state and national, Describes work with Post Office Department (1953), Attitude toward thrift in government, Anecdote about dedication of the Peace stamp, Managing more campaigns in the mid-1950s and early 1960s, Expresses attitude toward Richard and Pat Nixon’s personalities, Nixon’s 1960 campaign characterized.

Tape 2, Side 1: John Tower campaign discussed, Description of Eisenhower’s attitude toward politics and his personality, Recalls Eisenhower’s visit to San Antonio, Lyndon B. Johnson and Cantinflas’ visit to San Antonio precincts, Reasons for personal political retirement, Return to political campaign in 1963 explained, Examines the character of politics, The money factor in politics, The necessity of television media in politics, Anecdote about a delegation’s request for Ledrick’s return to politics.

Tape 2, Side 2: Fred Carpenter concludes the interview

Range Dates: 1930-1963

Bulk Dates: 1930-1963

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